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The Newsletter of Lasell College 

Fall 2007 




LASELL 

COLLEGE 



2 Message from the President 

3 Commencement 

4 Connected Learning 

12 Campus Update 

13 Class Notes 

24 Alumni Relations 

28 Annual Fund 

30 Lasell Village 

31 Sports 



Rev. Barbara Asinger Arrives on Campus 

Lasell Establishes Center for Spiritual Life 



The Rev. Barbara Asinger, new to the 
Lasell campus this fall, is energized by 
the prospect of working with students, 
faculty, and staff to actively explore the 
role of spirituality in their lives and in 
the community-at-large on the campus. 

"The purpose of Lasell' s new Center for 
Spiritual Life is to begin to provide 
opportunities for students to develop, 
integrate and explore their values and 
beliefs. The Center will facilitate dia- 
logue amongst students from varied 
backgrounds and beliefs as a means of 



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enriching the educational experience 
here at Lasell," Rev. Asinger says in an 
easy-on-the-ear voice filled with passion 
for the work she does. 

"I'm a great believer in the pluralistic 
approach to spirituality. Drawing from 
our community at Lasell and at large, 
the Center will provide opportunities to 
participate in rituals and events that 
explore spiritual insights from a variety 
of traditions. Celebrating holy days, 
inviting speakers to share their faith 
journeys, participating in mission 
work, learning about other liturgical 
customs, all provide a foundation for 
spiritual development. 




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"Through exploration with others we 
develop a deeper understanding of our 
spiritual beliefs enabling us to better 
cope with the unexpected challenges 
and tragedies of our lives, as well as 
inspire us to great acts of love that 
bring hope to those around us. 

"There is always an element of mystery 
in our faith journey," she says, "but 



LASELL COLLEGE, NEWTON, MA 

examining spirituality is not unlike tak- 
ing a biology course and looking at the 
universe in new and different ways. I 
believe one has to educate oneself and 
explore what we believe about our faith, 
tradition and spirituality as an aspect of 
higher education. I hope to function as a 
support for the Lasell community and 

continued on page 4 



Teaching is the Heart of Lasell 

Eight New Full-Time Faculty Hired 



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I 'm not sure there is anything more 
critical to Lasell' s growth in both quality 
and size than hiring full-time faculty," 
says Vice President for Academic Affairs 
Jim Ostrow, "and we are pleased to be 
able to welcome eight talented teach- 
ers/scholars to our campus this fall. 
This is in no way to deny the tremen- 
dous contributions of adjunct faculty 
to the increasing excellence of our 



academic programs. Nevertheless, full- 
time faculty bring with them a complete 
presence and commitment to Lasell and 
its students that is absolutely critical to 
an institution priding itself on close 
student-faculty relationships. 

"These eight new faculty members 
bring a wealth of scholarly, professional, 
and pedagogical expertise to Lasell," 



he continues. "They will all participate 
directly in very specific areas of auricu- 
lar and programmatic growth." The 
faculty will join the Communication 
Department, Psychology, Environmental 
Studies, Fashion, Sport Management, 
Studio Arts, and Graphic Design. 

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Celebration of Lives Lived 

Book Honoring Village's 
Nonagenarians Created 



This year, 50 residents of Lasell Village 
turn 90 or older. In commemoration of 
these hallmark birthdays, the RoseMary 
B. Fuss Center for Research on Aging 
and Intergenerational Studies has creat- 
ed the book A Tribute to Lasell Village's 
Nonagenarians that profiles 32 of these 
unique and vital individuals. 

"We were inspired by Jerry Friedman's 
book Earth's Elders (see story p. 30) and 
decided to photograph and write brief 
sketches of our nonagenarian residents," 
says Center Director Mark Sciegaj, 



Ph.D., who is also Dean of Graduate 
and Professional Studies. "They have 
lived through times of scarcity and 
prosperity, times of war and peace, and 
times of great change, but they also 
shatter the stereotype of nonagenarians 
being frail." 

Indeed, as the book shows, these 
Villagers exude energy and a love of life. 
"If I knew I was going to live so long I 



continued on page 5 



A TRIBUTE 

TO LASELL VILLAGE'S 

•WONAGENifflMS 




RoseMary B. Fuss Center for Research on Aging 
I and Intergenerational Studies 



The cover of A Tribute to Lasell Village's 
Nonagenarians. 



Message from the President 




Michael B. Alexander. 

Dear Members of the Lasell Family, 

As I write this letter, it is early on in 
my presidency. Here is my first impres- 
sion: Wow! What an exciting, vibrant, 
beautiful, caring place. If you haven't 
been on campus for a while, and for 
some of you it may be years, I suggest 
you find an opportunity to visit and 
see what I mean. 

The first thing I noticed was that 
whenever a member of the broad Lasell 
family, be it student, faculty member, 
trustee or alum, has a challenging event 
in his or her life, people rally to support 
that person in every way possible. 
When a group of people weave a web 



of mutual support, caring, and admira- 
tion, it is a sign tiiat something special is 
happening in that community. My wife, 
Mary Barbara, and I feel honored to be 
invited to join such a community. 

If you were to take me up on my sugges- 
tion to visit us, you would see some of 
the exciting changes and additions that 
are occurring here on campus as we 
prepare to welcome our students to 
campus in September. By the time you 
read this letter, we will have: 

• Expanded dining capacity in 
Valentine Hall with over ioo 
additional seats 

• Enhanced and renovated Rosen 
Auditorium with all new seating 
and technical equipment 

• Completed Rockwell Hall with over 
140 beds overlooking Grellier Field 

• Created additional student activities 
offices in the Campus Center 

• Hired eight additional full-time faculty 

• Introduced baseball as a club sport 
for Spring 2008 with plans to 
become our thirteenth NCAA III 
sport in 2008-09, with J ame s Dolan 
as our new head coach 

• Opened the Center for Spiritual Life 
with Rev. Barbara Asinger as Director 



Renovated and leveled Taylor Field 
with new drainage and sod 

Created more technologically- 
enhanced classrooms 

Built new faculty offices and relocated 
the Center for Community-Based 
Learning to the lower level of 
Potter Hall 






Completed major renovations to 
Case House and Mott House 

Installed a new tennis court on 
Seminary Avenue 

Added a new dock and completed 
renovations to Stoller Boathouse. 



These are just some of the improve- 
ments that we are making in our 
community as we continue to strive 
to provide a high quality experience at 
Lasell for all students. As you will read 
in this edition of Leaves (see p. 12), 
our Student Success Committee has 
been working hard for months to plan 
and execute a whole series of improve- 
ments, both large and small, that will 
further enhance the academic, extra-cur- 
ricular, residential and social experience 
of our students. 

The signs of Lasell' s momentum don't 
stop there. This fall's entering class 
is the largest, most able, and most 
diverse in the history of the College. 



Our graduate program in Management 
is growing at a rapid pace. We have 
started the approval process to offer a 
Master of Science in Communications 
with concentrations in Public Relations 
and Integrated Marketing starting in the 
fall of 2008. The faculty has also begun 
work on the design of a new undergrad- 
uate program in Environmental Studies, 
which I believe holds great promise. 

Of course, we also face many challenges. 
Among those challenges is how to 
harness all this excitement and activity, 
along the character strengths of the 
community, to pull Lasell College to new 
heights of prominence and achievement. 
We intend to address this particular 
challenge throughout this fall by engag- 
ing in an extended planning process in 
which the whole community will have 
an opportunity to help to define the 
Lasell College of the future. I hope to 
report on the results of this process in 
the next edition of Leaves. 

In the meantime, thank you all for 
welcoming Mary Barbara and me into 
your midst with such open arms. 

Yours truly, 



/L-t&f^ 



Michael B. Alexander 
President 




New Executive Assistant to the President 

Helper-in-Chief Meets 
Responsibilities with True Cordiality 



Although she is charged in part with 
the difficult task of keeping her boss 
on schedule and safe from unwanted 
interruptions, the newly installed 
Executive Assistant to President Michael 
Alexander holds no resemblance to 
the stereotypical office sentinel who 
harshly turns even the most plaintive 
requests away. 

No, Sandra Weston is outgoing, charm- 
ing, engaging, and eager to help. 

The right-hand helper of Lasell's new 
president, Sandra balances her duties as 
scheduler and protector of the CEO's 
time with a genuine cordiality that 
wholesomely defies type. 

Blessed with a ready smile and a warm, 
welcoming demeanor, Sandra is a self 
identified "military brat." Her dad is a 
retired Army Sergeant Major who met 




Executive Assistant to the President 
Sandra Weston. 

and married her mom while stationed 
in Korea, where Sandra was born and 
where her parents still live. 



continued on page 10 



Kathy Urner-Jones Returns to Lasell 

Strong Commitment to Lasell 
and Its Mission Draw Former 
Fundraiser Back 



Kathy Urner-Jones '83, is a true believ- 
er. Her commitment to Lasell extends 
well beyond her role as enthusiastic 
alumna. As Director of Major Gifts and 
the Lasell 250 Capital Campaign from 
1994 to 2001, Kathy was responsible 
for all facets of the College's first com- 
prehensive capital campaign, raising 
more than $18 million against an initial 
$10 million goal. 

Although she left in 2001 to take on 
a Vice Presidency of Institutional 
Advancement at Bay Path College, 
and later moved to private consultancy 
and to building a fundraising program 
for The Guidance Center, Inc., in 
Cambridge — where she grew total 
fund-raised revenue by more than 50% 
in three years — Kathy's heart has 
always belonged to Lasell. 




Special Assistant to the President for 
Leadership Development Kathy Urner- 
Jones '#3. 

And happily for all, she's back! In 
September Kathy joined the 

continued on page 9 



2 Lasell Leaves 



Fall 2007 



College Update 



Celebrates Departing President Thomas E.J. de Witt 

Former Lt. Governor Evelyn Murphy is the 153rd Commencement Speaker 




Former Lt. Governor Evelyn Murphy. 

■ ormer Lt. Governor Evelyn Murphy, 
the commencement speaker at Lasell's 
153rd commencement ceremonies, 
talked about leadership and deftly 
turned her message to the graduates 
into a heartfelt homage to retiring 
President Thomas E.J. de Witt. 

"Years from now, I want you to remem- 
ber what you said today as much as 
what I said," Evelyn Murphy told the 



audience of more than 2,000 who 
packed the tent. She then asked the 
graduates to stand and yell out their 
boisterous thank yous, first to their 
parents and the faculty, and then to 
President de Witt. 

Dr. Murphy, who holds a Ph.D. degree 
in Economics from Duke University, 
and was the first woman in the history 
of Massachusetts to hold statewide 
office, talked about leadership, using 
the leadership of President Tom de Witt 
as the measure and model for graduates 
to emulate. 

"Wherever you live, put down roots and 
turn your ambition into becoming a 
leader in the community. Use that force, 
the strength of character, you have 
shown by earning this degree, to 
become a leader," she advised. 

"I don't mean you have to become 
governor, or president, or a CEO. 
There are all kinds of roles and titles 
and all sorts of settings in which you 
can do this," she said, speaking with 
fire and conviction. 



"You have a remarkable advantage in 
becoming a leader. That advantage is 
President Tom de Witt. He is one of the 
most capable leaders you will ever 
encounter in your life. 

"For as long as you have been at Lasell, 
you have had the chance to see in him 
what a leader looks like, acts like, and 
talks like. He has been right in front of 
you, among you, and with you." 

Evelyn Murphy was an inspiring 
speaker, quoting from Dr. de Witt on 
leadership ("I think that leadership is an 
acquired skill, one becomes a leader and 
grows into it slowly,") urging students to 
adopt traits of honesty, integrity, and 
compassion — in the de Witt model — 
and exhorting them to "take his 
example along with your degree as 
the precious gifts of Lasell College." 

In addition to awarding 213 undergradu- 
ate and 15 graduate degrees, Lasell's 
Board of Trustees also conferred four 
honorary degrees at the commencement 
ceremonies. Evelyn Murphy, President 



Thomas de Witt and his wife, Dr. 
Margaret Ward, a professor at Wellesley 
College, were each presented with an 
honorary doctor of humane letters. 
The president's executive assistant, 
Margaretta Arnold, who also left at the 
end of June, and who spent 23 years at 
Lasell, was awarded an honorary 
baccalaureate degree. 

At commencement, President Tom de 
Witt introduced the president-elect of 
Lasell College, Michael Alexander, and 
his wife, Mary Barbara Alexander. Mr. 
Alexander began h.s tenure at Lasell on 
July 1, 2007. 

Evelyn Murphy is the author of a book 
called Getting Even: Why Women Don't 
Get Paid Like Men — and What to Do 
About It, and has been touring the 
country talking about what women can 
and should do to secure their rightful 
earnings. She is also the founder and 
president of The WAGE Project Inc., 
which is dedicated to closing the wage 
gap in every American workplace. W 



A Fitting Legacy 

"Award For Excellence" Endowment Honors Tom de Witt 



The "Thomas E.J. de Witt Award for 
Excellence in Educational Leadership" 
was established in 2007 by the Board of 
Trustees to recognize the achievements 
and extraordinary leadership of the 
eighth president of Lasell College who 
served for 19 years. The surprise 
announcement of the creation of the 
award was made on Sunday, May 20th 
during the College's 153rd commence- 
ment exercises. 

An endowed fund was established 
through the generosity of the Board 
of Trustees, Board of Overseers, 
Corporators, faculty, staff, alumni, and 
friends of the College. The goal was to 
raise a minimum of $250,000 before 
Tom retired at the end of June — to 
date, $280,000 has been raised to 
support this important initiative. 



The award will be given annually to a 
deserving faculty and/or staff member 
who demonstrates extraordinary leader- 
ship and innovation in education, while 
supporting the mission of the College. 
The award will recognize specific 
accomplishments and achievements 
that are transformational to Lasell. 
The first award will be granted next 
May at commencement. 

This is a wonderful way to recognize 
Tom's extraordinary legacy and at the 
same time honor faculty and staff who, 
through their work, ensure a strong 
future for many more generations of 
Lasell students. '« 




President de Witt receives a standing ovation at Commencement. 



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Connected Learning 



Raising Funds and Awareness 



Leadership Class Supports Lasell Marathoner who Runs with Cystic Fibrosis 




At the finish line Steve Yankopoulos 'oy 
and Professor Neil Hatem enjoy the moment. 



It wasn't any ordinary Boston Marathon 
this year, particularly for Steve 
Yankopoulos '07. In the remnants of the 
Nor'Easter which battered New England, 
he completed the 26.2 mile course to 
raise awareness for Cystic Fibrosis, a 
lung disease with which he was born. 
He was cheered on and backed by the 
Lasell student body and, in particular, 
by the sophomore Leadership Class of 
Professor Neil Hatem, that raised the 
$3,000 necessary for Steve to secure 
his number. 

"Steve came to our class to discuss lead- 
ership," says Professor Hatem, "and by 



the time he left we were so impressed 
by his desire to run the Marathon and 
overcome his adversity that we decided 
to devote much of the semester to rais- 
ing money and awareness in order to 
back his dream of completing the race." 

To raise the money needed, the class 
climbed into Lasell vans and made five 
trips to different Newton locales asking 
businesses to back them. "We were very 
pleased with the response we received," 
said Gary Gay '09. "People stepped 
up to the plate, donating both gift 
certificates and money. We were also 
overwhelmed by the contributions we 
received from the Lasell faculty, staff, 
students, family, and friends. It was a 
real community effort." 

On April 13, the Leadership class, in 
conjunction with Professor Peter 
Plourde's Event Planning class, held 
the Lasell Festival for Cystic Fibrosis 
which more than 300 people attended. 
Included in the schedule of events were 
a free barbeque, games, a step team and 
Rap-off contest, and a raffle of the 
donated gift certificates. "The Festival 
helped us raise enough money for Steve 
to get his number and he did the rest," 
said Professor Hatem. 

The rest proved to be quite a lot. A few 
weeks before Steve got to the starting 



line he was told by his doctor that he 
needed to go to the hospital for treat- 
ment. But Steve was determined to 
attend the Lasell Festival and to run the 
Marathon. "I told them 'get me out of 
here, I'm running this race no matter 
what,'" he recalls. Admiring his spirit, 
the doctor not only had Steve ready to 
be out early but also equipped him with 
an IV tube in his arm so that he could 
run and receive his medication after 
the race. 

"It was probably one of the greatest days 
in my life," says Steve. "I was saying to 



myself 'Get to Lasell, get to Lasell,' and 
as I approached I could hear the roar. 
I held up great. My lungs gave me no 
problem but I discovered after the race 
that I got a stress fracture in my right 
leg. I wasn't anticipating that!" 

Despite the weather and running with 
an injured leg, Steve completed the 
Marathon in 4 hours and 47 minutes. 
"This was an incredible feat for some- 
one with a disease that affects the 
lungs,' said Professor Plourde. "He is 
an inspiration for all of us." W 




Students perform at the Festival for Cystic Fibrosis barbeque. 



Lasell Establishes Center for Spiritual Life 



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Barbara Asinger. 

aid in discerning together initiatives that 
provide for spiritual development and 
faith expression on the campus." 

Academic Vice President Jim Ostrow 
sees the Center for Spiritual Life as 
an essential part of the educational 
experience at Lasell. 

"I believe that the depth and lasting 
value of education — beyond just earn- 
ing grades and filling credits — requires 



students and faculty to be reflective 
about not only what is known, but also 
about what is not yet known. 

"The establishment of a Center for 
Spiritual Life is not valuable solely as a 
support system for students outside of 
the classroom, although it is certainly 
more than justified on that basis alone. 
It also facilitates our collective embrace 
of the mystery of life and the necessary 
role of human understanding, imagina- 
tion, and the discovery of individual 
purpose and activism in meeting the 
challenge of that mystery." 

Rev. Asinger has made the Center, 
located in Edwards, a welcoming, 
comfortable and peaceful space where 
all members of the Lasell community 
feel invited to visit. Working in collabo- 
ration with the Center for Public Service 
and the Center for Community-Based 
Learning, the Center for Spiritual Life 
will help students identify their diverse 
talents in their service of others, encour- 
aging understanding, service, justice, 
and ethical behavior. 



Barbara Asinger will teach two courses a 
year at Lasell, one in the fall and one in 
the spring. "Teaching is always a good 
way to connect and get to know stu- 
dents," she muses. She will also work 
closely with the Counseling Center. 

Prior to her appointment at Lasell, Rev. 
Asinger served as Associate Protestant 
Chaplain at Tufts University in Medford 
after being called as the Associate 
Minister for the Congregational Church 
of West Medford, UCC, where her work 
revolved around program development 
for young people, adult study, worship, 
and mission organization. 

Rev. Barbara Asinger earned her 
Master's in Divinity degree at Andover 
Newton Theological School with a 
focus in Pastoral Counseling. She holds 
standing in the United Church of Christ 
and was licensed into her denomination 
and ordained after accepting a full-time 
call in the spring of 2004. Previously, 
for three years, she served as the 
Chaplain for Newbury College, where 
she also lectured. 



She has served the homeless in the 
Lowell, Boston, Cape Cod, and Medford 
areas and developed and opened three 
shelter programs serving individuals and 
families including the Medford Family 
Life Center, the Pawtucket House, and 
the Day Break Shelter. She has served as 
a member of the Governor's Committee 
on Homelessness and co-founded 
the Massachusetts Shelter Providers. 
Barbara Asinger has also served as the 
director of a rape counseling center and 
battered women's shelter and as the 
Director of New Beginnings Norwell, 
a church program serving divorced and 
widowed persons. 

Rev. Asinger currently resides in 
Waltham with her husband, Rob who is 
a minister at Phillips UCC Church of 
Watertown and their Italian Greyhound, 
Babe. Her daughters live together in 
Washington D.C. Kate works as an art 
teacher in an elementary school and 
Colleen is a public relations consultant. * 



Lasell Leaves 



Fall 2007 



Connected Learning 



Peer Tutoring 

Math Minors Help Fellow Students Achieve Success 



Too many times I've heard students 
ask, 'I hate math and I need to pass 
Calculus I. What do I do?'" says 
Professor Malini Pillai. "I watch students 
give up too easily and have no persever- 
ance. They practice the dangerous 
'learned helplessness' routine." 

As a teacher who believes that failing is 
not an option, Professor Pillai came up 
with an intervention strategy to correct 
this problem. "I identified my best 
students, who came from a variety of 
majors, and trained them to be peer 
tutors /mentors for students who need 
extra help. With the guidance of their 
peers, the at-risk students develop the 
proper math study skills and discipline 
they need. They come to realize that they 
can be good at math!" 

The tutors she selects, who are mostly 
Math minors, are not only excellent in 
math but must also be charismatic, 
outgoing, and enthusiastic. "I have a 
passion for math and I want to learn 
everything there is. I feel that the tutor- 
ing course has opened my eyes to exactly 
that," says Sport Management Major 
Zach Gagne '09. Under Professor Pillai's 
supervision and guidance, he and the 
other tutors coach their peers for weekly 
tests and help them with homework 
assignments on a regular basis at a set 
time each week. 

Students do their tutoring in conjunction 
with either the Service Learning (SVL) 
215 Seminar for Math Tutors, which is a 
linked one-credit option offered every 
semester, or they can take SVL 107, a 
one credit seminar for math tutors that 



is offered in the spring. Honors stu- 
dents can also opt to do it as part of one 
of their four specialized honors compo- 
nents. In all cases, the tutors maintain a 
log showing when they tutored, keep a 
journal of their weekly tutoring sessions, 
and write a reflective essay on their 
experience at the end of the semester. 

At their class meetings, the tutors 
receive training/coaching tips from 
Professor Pillai. They also frequently 
stop by her office for tutoring tips. 
"When we meet, I provide them with 
special guidelines, problem solving 
strategies, and communication skills 
to improve their math knowledge and 
tutoring abilities," she explains. "The 
students get the opportunity to share 
their ideas and experiences and it's an 
opportunity for them to tell me what 
they are struggling with. As I listen, 
I am struck by what a valuable service 
learning experience it is for all of them." 

Professor Pillai pairs the tutor and tutee, 
but making the initial contact is a big 
step. "The difficult part was having 
people admit that they need help and 
offering the help, since for many stu- 
dents I was a stranger," says Lais Nunes 
'09. "As the semester went on, I was 
impressed that the students kept on 
coming back. I found out that many 
times students learn better when anoth- 
er student is teaching them. They are 
themselves and ask questions when no 
one is around." 

"I really didn't know what to expect 
going into my first tutoring session," 
recalls Honors student Gary Gay '09. 




Some of the math tutors gather before class. (Front row L to R) Juliana Cenolli '10, Cristina 
Sclafani '10, Ashley Proietti '10, Emily Drew '10; (Middle row L to R) Robert Kent '10, 
Anna Wasilewska '09, Zach Gagne 'og, Gary Gay 'og; (Back Row L to R) Lais Nunes 
'og, Valentina Taliaferro, Shawna Kelly 'oj. 



"I myself was very nervous, but I found 
being a tutor made me feel very good 
about myself and made me strive for 
success because I did not want to let 
my students down. I got to know the 
people I worked with really well and 
formed not only strong tutoring bonds, 
but also made some very good friends. 
The more I tutor, the more I begin to 
lean toward the idea of teaching as a 
career after college." 

The tutors learned as much as their stu- 
dents during the semester. "I feel like 
each person has a different way to learn 
things," says Emily Drew '10. "Some 
people are visual learners and others are 
auditory learners. Each person needs to 
have a system or program that fits well 



for them. In a classroom setting it is 
almost impossible to meet every individ- 
ual's needs, so I think that having a 
tutor when one is struggling is a 
phenomenal idea." 

Looking back on his semester, Georges 
Fadel '08 says, "Tutoring math is not 
simple because you have to be a mentor 
for the student, be able to provide a pos- 
itive role model, and be capable of relat- 
ing to her or him. The tutor also has to 
build the confidence, interest, and moti- 
vation necessary for the best results. 
I learned as much as I taught. Tutoring 
develops analytical thinking and 
improves memory and self-confidence. 
It is a challenging experience!" ¥ 



Celebration of Lives Lived 

continued from page 1 

would have taken better care of myself!" 
quips Bobbe Naiburg in her profile. 



Four students, Sarah Armstrong '07, 
Stacey Cook '10, Jessica Kuczwara '10, 
and Christopher Roy '07, interviewed 
the residents and a professional photog- 
rapher, Kindra Clieneff, took their 
portraits. None of those who worked 
on the book could believe that their 
subjects were people who were actually 
in their 90s. 

Even the nonagenarians seem sur- 
prised. "New acquaintances exclaim, 
'I just can't believe your age!'" says Ruth 
Eckstein in her recollections. "I carft 
believe it myself. Although life has 
been full of events — political and 




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personal, tragic and happy — it passed 
so rapidly in retrospect. My interests 
are undiminished." 

In the book, each resident has his or 
her own theories about the secret to 
longevity. Sol Fleishman credits 
"drinking a few whiskys every night 
and getting his exercise," while Anna 
Castleman says, "I've lived this long by 
not being competitive." All of them fit 
parts of the centenarian profile that 
Villager Dr. Margery Silver, a neuropsy- 
chologist and Assistant Professor in 
Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, 
writes in an essay on longevity, includ- 
ing good genes, eating well, stress 
management, humor, and having a 
positive attitude. 



In describing the reason for his longevi- 
ty in his profile, Bill Copithorne 
paraphrases a verse from Robert 
Browning, "what I aspired to be, and 
was not, inspired me." Bill taught 
English at Kenyon College in Ohio 
until 1953 and then went on to his 
next career as a speech writer for the 
Esso Corporation. He attributes his 
90-plus years to a strong work ethic 
and "having fun." 

Dr. Bill Haydu was a family physician 
for more than 60 years. "My practice of 
medicine lasted so long that at one time 
I was seeing five generations of the 
same family," he recalls in the book. He 
credits his love of medicine as one of 
the secrets to his longevity. "I had the 



pleasure of doing something I love for 
so long." 

All of the nonagenarians are an integral 
part of the Village community. "Their 
energy and vitality serve as wonderful 
examples of the potential of later life 
and the wisdom of experience and per- 
spective that come with age," says the 
Village's Dean and Executive Director, 
Paula Panchuck, Ph.D., in her descrip- 
tion of Lasell Village. %' 



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Connected Learning 



Learning Through Service 

Alternative Spring Break Immerses Students in Social Issues 




Estella Hernandez 'oj stirs the stew. 

The students impressed and hum- 
bled me." says new President of the 
Alumni Board of Management Urit 
Chaimovitz '98, recalling the time she 
spent in Washington, D.C. with Lasell's 
Alternative Spring Break program. 
"They were a dedicated, thoughtful 
group who really are going to change 
the world." 

Urit went on the trip with 13 students 
and Student Programs Coordinator 
Melissa Martin. They spent five days 
preparing and distributing meals to 
the homeless and other disadvantaged 
individuals — four days in the D.C. 
Central Kitchen and one at the Dinner 
Program for Homeless Women. 

"This year we wanted to have an even 
split between learning and doing," 
explains Melissa. "By working in the 
morning and spending our afternoons 
listening to speakers at the National 
Coalition for the Homeless and attend- 
ing policy workshops, I think we 
accomplished this." 

At the D.C. Central Kitchen, the work- 
ers are people who are considered 
"unemployable" — some have recently 
been released from prison while others 
have been homeless. By going through 
the culinary program at D.C. Kitchen 
they learn real skills and are able to get 
internships and jobs when they finish. 
Working alongside of them, the Lasell 
group learned not only cooking skills 
but were also touched by their lives 
and experiences. 

Both Kathleen Fenelius '07 and Donna 
Mclntyre '09 worked under Miss Dot, 
who was in charge of the salad section. 
"She ran a tight shift, to say the least," 
exclaims Kathleen. "And, she was quite 
a character. I loved the way she'd say, 
'Hey, Bab/ and, 'Don't you be workin' 
yourself.' When she said that, she 
meant that you were slicing wrong." 

"We were so intimidated and nervous 
on our first day with her," recalls 



Donna, "but by day two we were racing 
to be at her station. I've never been 
so happy to go back each morning to 
cut tomatoes!" 

The cooking done at D.C. Kitchen was 
all on a huge scale. Hospitality major 
Estella Hernandez '07 was singled out 
and made an assistant to James, one 
of the chefs. "The gumbo was cooked 
in this gigantic pot. It was difficult to 
stir, but James showed me how to do 
it the right way," recalls Estella. 
"Working at the D.C. Kitchen was a 
great supplement for my major. I'd 
highly recommend that others do it 
as part of an internship or class." 

Once prepared, the food was packaged 
up and distributed to homeless shelters, 
soup kitchens, drug rehabilitation pro- 
grams, and homes for the sufferers of 
domestic abuse. "We'd get everything in 
one place and then we'd share it with 
the city," says Urit. "I like to think of 
Lasell that way. Students are educated 
and then the College sends them out 
into the world. 

"One thing that speaks volumes about 
our students is that they were singled 
out for special assignments," Urit con- 
tinues. "For the first time they allowed 
students to do deliveries and I know 
that Ricardo Sanon '08 got a lot out of 
this experience. He became one of the 
Kitchen's most reliable drivers." 

On the day spent at the Dinner Program 
for Homeless Women, the Lasell group 
served the food that came from the D.C. 
Kitchen. "We worked directly with peo- 
ple who were homeless," says Melissa, 
"and it was very emotional. We heard 
stories about their struggles and real- 
ized that many of these people were at 
the end of their rope. They had faced 
injustice and were left with few options. 
Before we left Washington, we came up 
with the idea of doing a sleep out for the 
homeless when we returned to Lasell 
(see sidebar)." 

"We were bone tired in the mornings, 
but this was nothing compared to what 
the people we were serving were experi- 
encing on a daily basis. That really kept 
us motivated," says Urit. "As we passed 
out portions at the Dinner Program we 
ran out of food. It is very hard to say to 
someone who is hungry, 'I'm sorry, 
there is nothing left.'" 

The group took some time each day to 
reflect back on their experiences. "I had 
put quotations in a bag and we would 
pull one and someone would read it," 
says Urit. "A conversation would start. 



We discussed what was hard, what was 
great, who had gone above and beyond 
what was necessary. We did reflections 
everywhere — on the street, in DuPont 
Circle. It made us focus and brought us 
together." 

"Washington is a city of contrasts and 
this made a huge impression on the 



group," says Melissa. "There are people 
experiencing homelessness right out- 
side of the White House. The trip 
broadened the students' horizons and 
I was proud of how dedicated they 
were. We left feeling that we had 
made a difference." W 




At the D.C. Kitchen, the work was hard, but the smiles were large. (L to R) Urit 
Chaimovitz '98, Kathleen Fenelius '07, Miss Dot, Donna Mclntyre 'og, Jessica Olivier '08, 
Lisa Yong 'oj, Carolyn Lucente '08, Erica Desautels 'og, Christopher Roy 'oj. 



Students Bring Passion to a Cause 

Sleep Out for Homelessness 
Raises Awareness and Dollars 



When the 13 students who went 
to Washington, D.C. on Alternative 
Spring Break (ASB) returned to 
campus they wanted to share their 
knowledge and passion for the cause 
of homelessness with Lasell. "There 
was no way that talk would convey 
the experience of homelessness," 
says Student Programs Coordinator 
Melissa Martin. "The students felt 
that to understand it, people had to 
do it, so we began planning for a sleep 
out that would also be a fundraiser." 

The group wanted to hold the sleep 
out right away, while it was still cold. 
"It was important for the participants 
to understand not only the discomfort 
but also realize that when they got up 
in the morning they would have to 
function. We wanted people to get 
some idea of what it's like to have to 
do this every night," Melissa explains. 

The event was held on Blodgett Green 
and the night was cold with a predic- 
tion of rain. Tarps were spread on the 
ground and people were asked to 
bring either sleeping bags or blankets. 
Signs and spray-painted sheets with 
facts about homelessness surrounded 



the area and there were flyers to hand 
out to passersby about the misconcep- 
tions of homelessness. 

Thirty-six students slept out (including 
some from Boston College) and at 
least 50 more came by. "The evening 
was so successful because of the 
initiative and leadership that the 
ASB students took," says Melissa. 
"Because of their efforts, we raised 
money that we then donated to the 
two Washington organizations that had 
made our break so meaningful — the 
D.C. Central Kitchen and the Dinner 
Program for Homeless Women." '« 




(L to R) Christopher Roy 'oj. Donna 
Mclntyre 'og, Jessica Olivier '08, and 
Kathleen Fenelius 'oy are dressed waiwtly 
and ready for the cold night. 



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Fall 2007 



Connected Learning 



Life in Combat 

Student Veteran Organizes Educational Panel and Package Drive 



vi hat is life in Iraq like for soldiers, 
what are the mental and physical chal- 
lenges, and what is it like to reintegrate 
into civilian life and school? These 
daunting topics were opened up by John 
Dain '09 in an educational panel he 
organized as part of his directed study 
for "Writing War: The Craft of Military 
Memoir." John served in the U.S. Army 
for three years, and was in Iraq for one 
of them. 

"John took the initiative and organized 
not only the panel but also a military 
package drive. He ran a community- 
wide fundraising effort so that he could 
put together the boxes and in doing so 
he raised awareness of what life is like 
for a soldier in Iraq," says English 
Professor Stephanie Athey, who 
designed the course. 

John felt very strongly that the slant 
of the panel should be apolitical. "The 
politics of Iraq overshadow what it's 
like for the soldiers who are fighting 
the war every day," he says. "My fellow 
soldiers and I would not talk about the 
President or policies. We simply did 
what we needed to do to survive in a 
battle zone." 



John first enrolled at Lasell in September 
2001. But as he was driving home after 
9/11, he saw an army recruitment sign 
and went in and enlisted. He was then 
sent off to Fort Benning, GA for 14 
weeks of basic training. 

"It was a desensitization process," he 
recalls. "They want to toughen you up to 
get you ready and to turn us into the 
'baddist' platoon." When John showed a 
film that pictured the death he had wit- 
nessed and talked about the first time he 
had to shoot at someone, the importance 
of this training became obvious. 

"I showed the movie because I wanted 
to shock," explains John. "This is 
what's happening there right now and 
when you're in it there's no mental or 
emotional breather. I used to dream 
about coming back and nothing 
seemed as sweet as being able to take 
a final exam." 

John was in Iraq for eight months before 
he was sent home for two weeks leave. 
"I hated being around people who were 
having fun," he recalls. "I didn't feel 
comfortable and it made me think about 
how I would be able to come back. 



"I made the decision to jump right in. I 
landed in the States on January 17, 2005 
and five days later I started classes at 
Lasell. My stuff wasn't even back from 
Germany, but I was afraid if I stopped I 
would never get the ball rolling. It was 
hard at first, but now I know it was the 
best thing for me to have done." 

John organized his package drive with 
the same sense of purpose as he did his 
re-enrollment at Lasell. "I approached 
the Student Government Association 
and they showed their support by giving 
me $500. This seed money gave me 
leverage when I approached other Lasell 
sponsors and local businesses, and I 
organized a committee that was devoted 
to raising money. I couldn't have done 
any of this without the assistance of 
Dr. Athey. She brought my efforts to the 
attention of other professors on campus 
which helped raise further campus 
awareness and discussion. 

"We were able to reach our $3,000 goal 
and headed to BJ's to buy the contents 
for the boxes. I have friends who are 
squad leaders and so I know that the 
packages are going to soldiers who will 
really appreciate them. My hope is that 




John Dain '09 organizes the inventory 
before putting the Iraq packages together. 



this effort will continue in the future. 
I intend to start a new student organiza- 
tion in support of our peers, the 
soldiers overseas." W 




Variety of Social Issues Explored 

Student Documentary Film Festival and Award Night 




There wasn't a red carpet, but there 
was an excited buzz at the Documentary 
Film Award Night held in Rosen 
Auditorium in May. Five aspiring 
filmmakers were ready to premiere 
their final projects for Anthropology 
Professor Hortense Gerardo's 
Documentary Film: Ethnography and 
Social Change class. There were three 
invited judges to select best in show 
and members of the audience were also 
given ballots to vote for their choice. 

The five films were very different 
and the judges had their work cut out 
for them. After much deliberation, 
"Boston's Homeless" by Vincent 
DiBenedetto '07 was given the Roland 
Award for best in show and "The Streets 
of Heartless: Fight Clubs" by Jeffrey 
Magni '08 was the audience's pick. 

As the Lasell students selected their 
subject matter and started filming, they 
found that their stories evolved in ways 
they hadn't expected. Vincent began 
with conversations with three women at 
The Women's Lunch Place, a daytime 
community in Boston for poor and 
homeless women and their children. 



"Their stories brought to life how easy it 
is to become homeless and how many 
reasons there are for people to find 
themselves in this situation," he says. 

"Then, when the Lasell students held a 
sleep out for homelessness (see story 
p. 6) it seemed a natural turn for me to 
document the event and interview the 
students who were participating. It was 
serendipitous that I could include the 
sleep out and it gave an added dimen- 
sion to my film." 

"I did a story board, but didn't stick to 
it," says Christina Rossi '08, whose film 
dealt with aging and elder care. "I used 
my great-grandparents as my main 
subjects. 

"Cultures take care of their elderly in 
different ways. In Italy, it is expected to 
be the younger generation's job. To get 
a different perspective, I spoke with 
Mark and Beverly Aronson, who live 
in Lasell Village and took the class with 
us. They are very happy there and can't 
imagine leaving the burden of care on 
their children." 




(L to R) Filmmaker Roland Atema, creator of the Roland Award, watches the excited winner 
Vincent Di Benedetto '07. Also on stage are Jeff Magni '08 and Christopher Conroy '08. 



"We were pleased when Christina asked 
us to be interviewed for her documen- 
tary," says Mark, "and were very 
impressed by the quality of the students' 



films. Although we didn't participate 
in the final project, I made a short film 
with Jeff Magni early in the semester. 
I learned a lot by working with him." fe' 



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Connected Learning 



Research Presentations, Roundtable Discussions, and Poster Sessions 

Ten Lasell Students Attend Northeast Regional Honors Conference 



Being nominated to attend the annual 
Northeast Regional Honors Conference 
is a high accolade and this year 10 soph- 
omore Honors students represented 
Lasell. They traveled to Providence 
to meet vvidi a group of 276 other 
Honors students from around the 
Northeast region. 

"The students exchanged research, 
explored the area, danced a mean salsa, 
and networked with students from the 
other schools." recalls Professor 
Stephanie Athey, director of Lasell's 
Honors Program. "Our team distin- 
guished themselves in many ways — 
not only in their passion for ideas and 
for their own research, but also in their 
poise in public speaking. 

"After their presentations, they 
answered tough questions from the 
audience and they all get top marks 
for their grace under pressure. 
Furthermore, Lasell students were 
often the first to ask engaged and 
thoughtful questions following 
others' presentations." 

The Lasell group came from a variety 
of majors, including Communication, 
Education, Business Administration, 



Fashion Design, and Human Services. 
The topics they presented were also 
diverse, covering global warming, 
stem cell research, learning from the 
disabled, and historical and contempo- 
rary differences between private and 
public education. 

As the students reflected back on the 
experiences they had, they all came 
away with different reactions. "The 
push for excellence was embodied in 
each individual as well as our group," 
says Business Administration major 
Erich Schiebel. "During the conference 
we grew close and we also developed 
quality relationships with other Honors 
students from the Northeast. This expe- 
rience was magnificent." 

Some were surprised by what they 
encountered. "I thought the conference 
was going to be hectic and stuffy," says 
Fashion Merchandising major Victoria 
Zaleski. "It turned out to be a lot of fun 
and it was about expressing yourself 
and exploring new things. I think one 
of my favorite parts was the openness 
to discussion during the highly educa- 
tional presentations." 




The sophomore honors students have fun in Newport on their "City as Text" trip during 
the conference. (Front L to R) Rachel Craft, Brianna Harbick, Erica Desautels; 
(Rear L to R) Allison Martin, Erich Schiebel, Molly Fawcett, Victoria Zaleski, Ivan 
Gonzalez, Donna Mclntyre. 



The conference expanded the students' 
horizons and took topics to new levels. 
Says Education major Rachel Craft, 
"I learned a lot about different political 
issues in my major that have helped me 
take a different perspective on the way 
America views and values education. 
I enjoyed learning about the "No Child 
Left Behind" Act. This made me think 
about government role in education." 



Looking ahead to 2008, Professor Athey 
would like to take students nominated 
by professors as well as some students 
who nominate themselves. "The door 
is open to anyone who would like to 
develop a project," she says. "This is a 
connected learning experience that is 
available to the entire campus." i' 



Networking and Feedback 

Advisory Boards Bring Students and Professionals Together 



#V buzz of conversation filled the 
S toller Room at the first annual 
Communication Advisory Board dinner 
as students talked with professionals 
from the Boston area about their field. 
"We were extremely pleased to have so 
many outstanding members of the 
communication world attend," says 
Department Chair Janice Barrett. "It is 
a win/win situation for everyone. The 
students make connections with people 
in their area and the professionals have 
the opportunity to give back by sharing 
their expertise." 

This is the first year a Communication 
major has been offered and the popular- 
ity of the program was evidenced by 
the number of students attending. 
"We want to create a rich program," 
says Professor Barrett, "and it was a 
wonderful start. We were privileged to 
have representatives from advertising, 
public relations, television, graphic arts, 
and area newspapers. We look forward 
to building our Board as we expand and 
so appreciate these professionals taking 
the time to look at the students' work 
and give them feedback." 



All ten departments with majors at Lasell 
have formed or are forming advisory 
boards. In addition, the Yamawaki Art 
and Cultural Center has an external 
board. For Hospitality majors, the 
Advisory Board dinner is not only an 
opportunity to network but it also gives 
them first-hand experience on how to 
organize a special event. 

"Two classes, Special Events Management 
and Strategies for Meeting Planning, are 
in charge of organizing the entire 
evening. It's both connected learning and 
on-the-job training," says Hospitality 
Management Department Chair Ellen 
LaBelle. "Besides contacting the Board 
members, they do everything from 
designing the invitations, to arranging 
the food contract, to making centerpieces. 
And, they have to do all this while staying 
within budget!" 

There are 50 members of the Hospitality 
Board and typically about 15 to 18 attend 
the event. They come from hotel manage- 
ment, the culinary field, travel agencies, 
and convention centers. There are many 
alumni Board members who come back 




At the Communication Advisory Board dinner, students and professionals have a chance 
to talk. 



and enjoy keeping in touch with the 
students. Among them are Priscilla 
Drakeford Powers '00 who has her 
own travel agency, Huascer Gomez- 
Martinez '03 who works at the Boston 
boutique hotel Nine Zero, and Jillian 
Tartan '06, who works at the Lowell 
Convention Center. 

This year the Board members had the 
chance to meet 27 students, each of 



whose profile and picture was displayed 
on the plasma board. Over the course of 
the evening the students learned about 
trends in the industry and received 
advice from the professionals. Some 
were offered jobs and several others set 
up interviews. "Every year our Board 
members are impressed by the students' 
professionalism and high quality of 
work," says Professor LaBelle. *>' 



8 



Lasell Leaves 



Fall 2007 



Connected Learning 



Extra, Extra...Read All About It 

Student Newspaper, The 1851 Chronicle, is Up and Running 



— A newspaper produced tn Laseii College 

11 College Announces New President! 




Dubai: Where Visions Come True 




Service Learning in Mexico—Who Cares? 



L 



The fourth edition of The 1851 Chronicle. 



It has been several years since the 1851 
was published, but thanks to the efforts 
of a core group of hardworking students 
and new Communication Department 
Chair Janice Barrett, four issues rolled 
off the press during the 2006-2007 
academic year. "We are all proud and 
excited about getting the paper back 
up and going," says Editor Cristina 
Bonfiglio '07. "It not only got our cre- 
ative juices going, it was also a unique 
opportunity to hone our leadership and 
organizational skills." 



The Communication Department was 
created in August 2006 and it has 
quickly become one of the most popular 
majors on campus. "Because we offer 
courses in journalism, I wanted the stu- 
dents to have the opportunity to write 
and to make portfolios," says Professor 
Barrett. "A newspaper is a great way to 
publish student work." 

"I was very fortunate to have the back- 
ing of President de Witt, Vice President 
for Academic Affairs Jim Ostrow, and 
Dean of Undergraduate Education Steve 
Bloom. All three of them said they 
wanted a hard copy newspaper on cam- 
pus. Jim made funds available to us so 
that we could purchase a printer and a 
computer and he had a room painted in 
the basement of Potter that we use as 
our headquarters. He also dedicated 
dollars towards our printing costs." 

But the first thing needed to get the 
newspaper going was a hard core of stu- 
dents who were willing to do the work. 
"I took Media Literacy last fall and 
Professor Barrett brought up the topic 
of reviving the 1853," says Cristina. 
"In 2005, I had worked with Professor 
Diane Donatio, which was the last time 
the paper ran. I realized starting the 
publication again would be a lot of hard 
work but I thought it would be wonder- 
ful to get it up and running." 

The entire Media Literacy class rallied 
to the cause, setting up a table at the 
College fair for clubs and trying to get 




(L to R) Present and past 1851 editors Christina Rossi '08 and Cristina Bonfiglio '07. 



excitement going through word of 
mouth. "We emphasized that students 
didn't need to be in the Communication 
program," says Cristina, "and professors 
in other departments asked if any of 
their students would be interested in 
writing articles. We had Political Science 
and Sport Management majors writing 
and students from the Graphic Arts 
department helped us with the design, 
especially Abigail Clark '07, who did all 
our layouts." 

Lakeisha Gerald '10 saw a poster adver- 
tising the newspaper start-up and 
immediately went to the first meeting. 
"I wrote and did layout design for my 
high school newspaper and I wanted to 



play a role at 1851." During the year she 
had several articles published and she 
would like to start a "student of the 
issue" column. 

Like Lakeisha, there are many returning 
students who are carrying on the publi- 
cation. Christina Rossi '08 is the new 
editor and is excited about what this year 
holds. "I'm hoping to go into journalism 
and what better training ground," she 
exclaims. "We have a great team and 
we're all looking forward to putting out 
the next four issues." 'I? 



Kathy Urner-jones Returns to Lasell 

continued from page 2 



Institutional Advancement (IA) team as 
Special Assistant to the President for 
Leadership Development. 

"Kathy Urner-jones has a wealth of pro- 
fessional experience in both major gifts 
and planned giving. As a bonus, she is a 
Lasell graduate and a veteran of Lasell's 
Capital Campaign. We are delighted that 
she has decided to come back to her 
Lasell family and participate in building 
an even greater College in the future," 
said President Michael Alexander. 

"Both Tom de Witt and Michael 
Alexander encouraged me to take this 
job, so I feel as if I am bridging the two 
administrations: from the incredible 
legacy of strength that Tom left to the 
exciting promise of Michael's new vision 
for the future," Kathy said. 



"My hope is to work with current 
alumni leadership to help recruit and 
mentor new alumni Board members, 
Overseers, and donors. It's a wonderful 
opportunity for interested and commit- 
ted individuals to shape Lasell's future 
from a platform of success while keep- 
ing the alumni voice strong." 

With more than 15 years of direct experi- 
ence in educational and other non-profit 
settings, a special expertise in strategic 
planning and problem-solving, major 
gifts and planned giving, Kathy will 
again become a powerful catalyst for 
building Lasell's future by stoking the 
fires of donor support at her alma mater. 

In addition to her Associate of Science 
degree from Lasell, Kathy holds a 



Bachelor of Arts in Management, with 
distinction, from Simmons College. 

"The Institutional Advancement staff is 
delighted that Kathy will be rejoining the 
team. She is a consummate professional 
with a wonderful track record. We are 
so happy to have her back at Lasell," 
said Dean for Institutional Advancement 
Ruth Shuman, who warmly expressed 
the sentiments of the entire Lasell 
IA team. ¥ 



Hobnobbing with 
a Presidential 
Candidate 




Political Science Professor Paul DeBole is a 
campaign aide for John McCain. He took 
his State and Local Government class on 
afield trip to McCain's presidential 
announcement in New Hampshire and 
they got to meet the candidate. (L to R) 
Professor DeBole's daughter, Amber, John 
McCain, and Stefano D'Agostino 'oy. 



Fall 2007 



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Connected Learning 



Student Initiated and Organized Event 

"Readers as Leaders" Intercollegiate Conference is First of its Kind 




(L to R) Conference coordinators Lisa Yong 
'oj and Jessica Olivier '08. 



There doesn't seem to be anything that 
Lisa Yong '07 and Jessica Olivier '08 
aren't willing to tackle, including initiat- 
ing and organizing an intercollegiate 
conference. As experienced America 
Reads tutors, it occurred to them that a 
way to make the program better would 
be to get students from other participat- 
ing colleges together to network and 
learn from each other. 

"Jessica and I are always tossing 
thoughts around," says Lisa, "and hav- 
ing a conference where college tutors 
could talk to each other about America 
Reads practices, successes, and chal- 
lenges seemed like a natural. We first 
mentioned the idea to Professor Sharyn 



Lowenstein, director of the Center of 
Community-Based Learning, in the 
spring of 2006 and soon the "Readers 
as Leaders" conference became a reality. 
The Humanities Department and the 
Donahue Institute co-sponsored the 
event and we wrote a grant proposal to 
Jim Ostrow, vice president for Academic 
Affairs, and received some seed money." 

Jessica is an Education major and did 
an internship at Boston's Renaissance 
Charter School where she worked with 
Emerson College representatives to help 
them get their own America Reads pro- 
gram started there this fall. "We talked 
about logistics and the model that 
Lasell uses. This confirmed the idea 
that organizing a forum for all area 
colleges was a good idea." 

The day of the conference was a full 
one, with workshops in both the morn- 
ing and the afternoon. Dr. Dan Butin, 
assistant professor of Education at 
Cambridge College with a strong back- 
ground in service-learning pedagogy, 
was the keynote speaker. Attendees 
came from Simmons, Bentley, 
Emerson, and Lasell. 

A lot of positive feedback was received 
about the quality and content of the five 
workshops that were offered. Jessica 



and Lisa ran one that covered America 
Counts, a program that they started in 
the fall of 2006. "Children can have as 
much trouble with math as with read- 
ing, so we thought why not start a 
program based on the America Reads 
model to help them. We began last fall 
at the Renaissance Charter School and 
now have eight tutors. In the workshop 
we were able to talk to others about the 
'1, 2, 3's' of starting something similar." 

Jessica and Lisa are already planning to 
hold another conference this academic 



year. "We'd like to do it again on a big- 
ger scale," says Lisa. "We've learned 
what worked and what didn't work, so 
we're already ahead of the game. We are 
thinking about changing the focus a bit, 
and concentrating on the social injus- 
tices found within the greater context of 
education — the education policies and 
the differences in quality of the instruc- 
tion students receive. There's a lot 
tutors can brainstorm about on what we 
can do to change these injustices." « 




In a workshop, Lasell Education Professor Cathy Zeek discusses interactive strategies and 
manipulatives that the America Reads tutors can use to strengthen their students' compre- 
hension and vocabulary. 



New Executive Assistant to the President 

continued from page 2 



"We traveled on lots of airplanes and 
moved 14 times," she says nonchalantly 
of her early life. "And no matter where 
we moved, we always ended up back 
in Korea because my mother wanted 
to be home." 

One of three daughters, Sandra has 
lived in Alabama, Florida, New Mexico, 
Georgia, Arizona, Guam, and now in 
Massachusetts. "I'm a great packer," 
she teases. 

As a result of her frequent moves, 
Sandra is comfortable with change, 
adapting quickly and painlessly to 
new situations. 

She earned her Associate of Arts degree 
from the University of Maryland, Asian 
Division, in Busan, South Korea — a 
floating campus for the military, 
changed her personal geography to 
attend Regis College in Weston, MA 
for a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, and 
then opted for a Master of Science in 
Child and Family Studies from 
Wheelock College. 



"I decided to leave Korea," she says of 
her educational journey after her 
Associate degree. I love Korea. It is 
home to me, but I didn't want to live 
there forever. 

I had to finish college somewhere and 
one of my sisters lived here. Besides, 
Regis is in the town of Weston — my 
last name — so it seemed appropriate," 
she jokes. She also credits a scholarship 
from the college with helping to cinch 
the deal. 

Sandra tried corporate life briefly but 
was drawn to education, first as an 
English teacher back in Korea, then in 
the United States, assisting in Korean 
program coordination at Wide Horizons 
for Children, in Waltham, MA. 

In a relatively short period of time, 
Sandra was where she thought she real- 
ly should be, working in administration 
for higher education — first at 
Wheelock, where she was Executive 
Assistant to the Vice President for 
Academic Affairs and, prior to her 



appointment at Lasell, serving as 
the Administrative Assistant to the 
President of Simmons College. 

Sandra has been married four times 
in one year — to the very same man, 
she tells you happily. To satisfy Korean 
tradition, she and Chad Gould married 
twice in Korea and twice in the U.S. 
"I guess I feel really, really married," 
she laughs. 

"First, he flew to Korea to ask my father 
for my hand," she reports. "It's a 24- 
hour flight and he did it without telling 
me. ..he surprised me," she says, con- 
tentedly recalling her husband's sense 
of romance and panache. 

In Korea they had a Western style wed- 
ding and a traditional Korean wedding 
but the couple preempted those cere- 
monies by first marrying civilly in this 
country to smooth the way for their 
Korean nuptials. And finally, in 
September of last year, Sandra and 
Chad married for the fourth time so 
that his entire family could be present. 




Team work in the President's office. 

The couple lives in Weymouth, MA with 
their beloved Toy Fox Terrier, Kimchi, 
which means picked cabbage in Korean, 
a delicacy in Sandra's native country. 

Deeply spiritual and fascinated by all 
facets of religion, Sandra brings a 
refreshing sense of wonder to the 
campus. She is currently enrolled 
in a doctoral program in Christian 
Education and Religious Studies at 
Andersonville Theological Seminary 
in Camilla, Georgia through which she 
has the opportunity and joy to explore 
more fully the subject of her zeal, r 



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Connected Learning 



A Great Week to be Part of the Lasell Community 

Connected Learning Symposium 





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"Students and faculty 
should be very proud of the 
indoor and outdoor displays 
and exhibits, as well as the 
wide range of presentations 
and peformances, that 
filled each day of the 
Symposium," says Vice 
President for Academic 
Affairs Jim Gstrow. 
"Connected Learning is all 
about probing deeply into 
the meaning of the world 
through the imagination 
and the intellect, and this 
springs's Symposium repre- 
sented the finest examples of 
it that we have seen at the 
College, with two spectacu- 
lar fashion shows closing out 
the week. The Symposium 
is itself testimony to how 
far this institution has 
come over ig years 
under the leadership 
of President de Witt." 



The audience in Sargent listens intently to seniors talk about their 
Honors capstone projects. 



As the models made their final walk down the fashion show runway, 
the applause was deafening. 





The range of topics covered and the conversations generated at the Symposium were impressive. 



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Lasell Leaves II 



CampUS Update 



Eight New Full-Time Faculty Hired 

continued from page 1 




Professor Jennifer 
Chakroff 



"Jennifer Chakroff 

will help us to 
grow the 
Communication 
program at both 
the undergraduate 
and graduate lev- 
els," Ostrow says. 
"She will also lead 
our Speaking 
Across the 
Curriculum initiative. Lori Rosenthal 
and Sarabeth Golden both bring 
tremendous energy and imagination to 
our Psychology 
curriculum; they 
are committed to 
and experienced 
in engaging 
undergraduate 
students in 
research, which is 
a central priority 
Dr. Lori Rosenthal for connected 
learning at the 
College. The same could certainly be 
said of Debra Pace, who comes to Lasell 
with a wealth of academic and profes- 
sional experience; she will help us to 
grow our Sport Management program. 
Michael Daley is an accomplished 





Dr. Hortense 
Gerardo 



researcher in the 
Environmental 
Science area and 
will participate in 
the development 
of new courses 
and degree 
programming in 
Environmental 
Studies. Hortense 
Gerardo is not 
only our new anthropologist; she is also 
a playwright who will take the lead in 
expanding performing arts at Lasell. 
Anne Vallely 
brings consider- 
able industry 
experience and 
professional 
expertise to 
Fashion as we 
expand both 
curricular and 
entrepreneurial 
initiatives in that 
area. Tore Terrasi, an accomplished 
artist, will help to strengthen our Studio 
Arts and Graphic Design curricula as 
we also explore new programming in 
these areas as well. We welcome them 
all to Lasell." "¥ 




Professor Anne 
Vallely 



Enhancing Life at Lasell 

Student Success Committee to 
Plan Series of Improvements 



1 he Student Success Committee, 
formerly the Retention Committee, 
was created in the fall of 2005 with 
the purpose of looking at student per- 
sistence. The committee was charged 
by Vice President for Enrollment 
Management, Kathleen O'Connor, 
with exploring the underlying themes 
behind student departure and identify- 
ing ways we might improve the Lasell 
student experience. 

Dianne Polizzi, the College registrar, 
and Nicole Ragognotti, the assistant 
registrar, were asked to co-chair the 
committee. Several long-serving staff 
and faculty were asked to join the 
committee to provide a broad under- 
standing of Lasell students' needs and 
concerns. Members of the Student 
Success Committee include: Janice 
Fletcher, director of the Counseling 
Center; Rick Frederics, chair of the 
Business Department; Felice Gordis, 
chair of the Social Sciences 
Department; Helena Santos, dean 
of Advising & First Year Programs; 
Michelle Sciarini, area coordinator in 
Residential Life; and Jim Tweed, direc- 
tor of Undergraduate Admission. 



In the fall 2006, Teresa Farnham, a 
nationally known retention consultant, 
was engaged to assist the College in 
developing an action plan stemming 
from the work of the Student Success 
Committee. Ms. Farnham's efforts 
were integrated with the work of the 
committee and a Planning Workshop 
was held in March 2007 that brought 
together the Student Success 
Committee and 39 members of the 
Lasell Community in a collaborative 
approach to developing long and short 
term goals for the continuing improve- 
ment of the student experience. 

From the day-long workshop, 27 action 
plans were developed to support and 
achieve the desired goals. Each action 
plan was spearheaded by a member of 
the community, taking the discussion 
and work ever farther into the Lasell 
community, engaging several alums in 
the process. 

As the action plans unfold and Lasell 
welcomes an influx of new students, 
it is clear that the whole College 
has reaffirmed the commitment to 
a student-centered, high quality 
academic experience. '«' 



Personal Resources Developed 

Student Panel Reveals Challenges 
Faced by Children of Immigrants 




Left to right, the panelists are Kathy Montrevil '08, Mabel Valenzuela '07, Hafsa Lewis 'ol 
and Fernando Ramirez '08. 



At a Student Voices Forum sponsored 
by the Donahue Institute for Values and 
Public Life in conjunction with Social 
Science Professor Marsha Mirkin, four 
Lasell students openly discussed the 
challenges they faced and the strengths 
they developed as children of immi- 
grants. They agreed that because of 



different cultural upbringings, their 
parents often had different ideas than 
U.S. born parents about childrearing, 
including dating, time with friends, 
and appropriate behavior. 



Academic Accomplishments Recognized 

Lasell Students Inducted 
into Alpha Phi Sigma 




The new members of APS are (Front Row L to R) Marian Salama '08, Justine Dupree '07, 
Trade Durda '07, Ashley Gleason '08, Ashley Luongo '07, Meghan Ressel '08, Timothy 
Brennen '08; (Back Row L to R) Alison Carmichael '08, Brittany Baker '07, Dayna Eason 
'07, Erika Burns '08, Katie LaChance '08, Kristie Lyon '08, Allyson Fiorello '08, and APS 
advisor Professor Edward Sieh. Missing: Amanda Wasowski '07 and Shawna Kelly '07. 



For the first time in Lasell' s history, 
students were inducted into Alpha Phi 
Sigma (APS), the Criminal Justice 
Honor Society. APS is a nationally rec- 
ognized honor society with over 280 
chapters in different colleges and 



universities across the country. Lasell's 
highly qualified group of students are 
in the Justice Studies Program, major- 
ing either in Criminal Justice or Legal 
Studies, and must have a 3.2 overall 
GPA and a 3.2 in their major. «' 



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Fall 2007 




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1936 

Marjorie Reed Colley is still quilting and 

driving all over Cape Cod. 

1937 

An update from Adele de lEtoile 
Breitenstein: "My health is okay. I wish 
I had more pep, but I can manage. The 
best news is that my son, his wife, and 
two grandchildren moved back to Texas 
from Singapore." 

Constance Griffin Lehoux was sorry to 
miss the 70th reunion. She says, "I do 
feel lucky to still be driving." 

"I was thinking of you all and wished I 
could have been at reunion," writes 
Lynn Kenney Hettrick. "Stop by Peoria 
if you get this way or drop me a line. I 
would love to hear from my friends." 
Lynn is doing well and still living in 
her home. 



Class of 1937 



Class 0/1942 




Marge Westgate Doran. 



1939 

From Grand Rapids, MI, Mary Jean 
Schultz Waddell writes, "I no longer 
winter in southern California where I 
saw Barbara Williams Hammell, but we 

still correspond." 

Our sincere condolences to Phyllis 
Smillie Spence on the death of her 
sister, Harriet Smillie Boynton '43, 

in April. 




(L to R) Front Row: June Cherry Bruns, Charlotte Bragg Burke, Barbara Rockwell 
Carlstrand, Barbara Berkman Sherman, Marcia Corey Hanson, Kay Nunnery Rajferty; 
Back Row: Dodie Mosher Stone, Trudy Ruch Kauffman, Muriel Stark Goldsmith. 



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Dee Bracher Jenkins '42 writes, "I have 
had lung cancer since 1992 and have 
survived three recurrences. I'm on oxy- 
gen 24 hours a day so I don't go far 
from home. I am thankful for every 
breath and for my wonderful husband, 
daughters, grandchildren, and precious 
five great-grandchildren." 

"I was sorry to miss reunion," writes 
Louise Freeman Coombs, "but my 
granddaughter was graduating from 
high school in Montana that weekend." 

Beatrice Lewis Potter was unable 
to attend reunion. Her sister, 
Florence Lewis DuBois '46, attended 
her own reunion one year ago. 
Beatrice is involved with unexpected 
dental problems. 

Our sincere condolences to Noel 
Temple Manning on the death of her 
husband, George, in July 2006. After 
his death, Noel moved to North 
Carolina to be close to her daughter, Dr. 
Janice Martinson Neil '73. She says, "It 
is a new life for me. Setting up this new 
home is something for an 84-year-old, 
but I feel fortunate to be able to do it. 

"Have a wonderful reunion. Wish I 
could be with you," writes Jean Walters 



Goble. "I can't believe it's our 65th. 
Where has the time gone? I know I am 
getting old. I have seven grandchildren 
and four great. Love to all." 

1946 

Congratulations to Lynn Blodgett 
Williamson who became a great-grand- 
mother once again to a great-grandson. 

1947 

Unable to attend reunion, Priscilla 
Ames Ruggles reports, "Travel is diffi- 
cult due to my macular degeneration." 
Priscilla has three children and five 
grandchildren. 

"I was sorry to miss this reunion. I am 
disabled and walking is a chore. Bless 
you all," writes Thea Chung Lang. 

Phyllis Haviland Hildebrandt is still 
teaching water exercise. She says, "It 
keeps me healthy." 

"After 45 years of living at the same 
address, I have had to move," writes 
Janice Hayden Cummins. "My best to 
the Class of '47." 

Joyce Hayes Whitman was sorry to miss 
reunion. She writes, "My husband and I 
enjoy living year-round in Montauk on 
Long Island. Our view of the ocean is 
spectacular." Joyce's son, daughter, and 



granddaughter live in Colorado and visit 
during the summer for beach fun. 

Our sincere condolences to Jody Lamb 
Kingsley whose husband, Joe, died in 
2005. Jody is retired and living in 
Florida. She says, "I am traveling 
whenever I can. I enjoy volunteer work, 
mah jongg, and friends. I am still pretty 
active. Hi to all." 

Jean Morgan Koenitzer enjoys her 
life in Florida as well as doing mission 
work and caring for hurricane 
survivors. Jean writes, "I am glad 
Lasell is doing well. I am sorry to 
miss our 60th reunion." 

1948 

After spending Christmas 2006 in 
Dallas, Dorothea Piranian drove to 
Oklahoma to visit her former Lasell 
roommate, Ruth Hilton. Dorothea says, 
"We had a very special reunion after 
over 50 years. Ruth has been in a nurs- 
ing home for over three years now and 
is an avid reader. I write to her every 
week and enclose a list of best sellers 
from the Sunday New York Times 
Book Review." 

June Smith Noreen is still enjoying life 
in Meredith, NH. She says, "I would 
welcome Lasell classmates." 

Our sincere condolences to Beverly 
Splitt Keller on the death of her 
husband in February. 



Class 0/1947 




(L to R) Jeanne Franklin Bates, 
Sarah Cross Finigan, Barbara 
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1949 

Our sincere condolences to Jean 

Dickson Treveiler on the death of her 

husband in August 2006. Jean is now 

living with her daughter in Wayne, PA. 

Thumper Grant Walter says, "Jean 
Dickson Treveiler and I had a wonderful 
several days together in Oklahoma. 
We feel fortunate to have been able to 
keep our friendship going over the years 
and to be able to have in-person visits 
every few years. This time we enjoyed 
phone calls to Dode Molan Wheaton 
in Minnesota and Dianne Fait Fleming 
in Florida. 

Elizabeth Harrington Logan has had 
telephone and email "chats" with Jo 
Sanborn Hickey, Mary Bush Williams, 
and Corinne Capone McGuiggan. 

Our sincere condolences to Pam 
Martini Everett on the death of her 
husband, Morris, in February. 

Jane Wadhams Hazen emailed the 
Alumni Office with this news about 
Marty Hurd Davenport: 

"When Marty returned home from the 
hairdresser's, she found that her house 
had burned to the ground. No one was 
injured as her husband was in the hos- 
pital recovering from an infected hip 
replacement. The only thing salvaged 
was the hard drive of a computer. If you 
would like to contact Marty, her email 
address is: mhdrmd@yahoo.com 

Our sincere condolences to Marilyn 
Weeden Davidson on the death of her 
husband in 2006. Marilyn says, "I am 
still adjusting to widowhood. I am 
working part-time and volunteering at 
a hospice facility. My son Bill has 
declining health as his MS becomes 
more aggressive. The church choir 
director is a task master, but excellent 
music keeps me on my toes." 



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1950 

Pat Graham Gordon says, "Enjoying life 
in our new condo in Falmouth. I play 
bridge and visit with Mary Wellington 
McKoan '53 and Pat Taylor Henderson 

'40. I am expecting my eighth grand- 
child. Life is good!" 

"I am happily settled in my new home 
in Spring Lake Heights, NJ," writes 
Janice McGoughran, "and enjoying 
beach, boardwalk, and golf." 

"My husband and I are still traveling 
when we can," writes Joan Robilotto 
Gibson. She and her husband went 
to Tokyo to visit their daughter and 
her family. 

1951 

Linda Heather Venezia reports, 

"Marianna Firebaugh Burgund '52 and 

I are still good friends and see one 
another often. We loved seeing Tom de 
Witt and Margaret in February to sadly 
say goodbye (very sadly)." 




(L to R) Front Row: Bobbie Trout Krohn, Marilyn McGuire, Joanne Purcell Brooker; 
Back Row: Missy Paulmier Hazell and Jo Raynal Rearwin. Attended reunion but 
missing from photo: Barbara Herzog Bums and Ruth Easterlind Cederberg. 



"We've been traveling a lot — the 
Mediterranian in May and the Far East 
in November. We try to see the grand- 
children in between," writes Arlene 
Kelly Erdman. 

"We are no longer snowbirds after 22 
years in Bonita Springs. It is time to 
stay up north," writes Ann Van der 
Veer Bradley. 

1952 

Ginny Snedaker Marschall was sorry to 
miss her 55th reunion but was cruising 
from Florida to Lisbon. She says, "We 
are taking advantage of all the travel we 
can while we can. We spent our 50th 
anniversary in Tahiti. It was fabulous." 
Ginny ends with this: "I hope to see you 
for our 60th if good health is with us." 

"We moved to Maine permanently to 
have the ocean," writes Barbara Wenzel 
Boucher, "and we joined the wonderful 
'grandparents club' with the birth of 
our grandson." 

1953 

Our sincere condolences to Janet 
Gleason Nolan on the death of her 
sister, Shirley Gleason '45, in March. 

Audrey Thompson Rielle is enjoying life 
in Juniper, FL. She says, "Family and 
friends like traveling down this way." 

1954 

An update from Carole Mattucci Wall: 

"I am spending seven months in 
Florida and the rest of the time on 
Cape Cod. I have nine grandchildren 
in New Jersey. I play lots of golf." 

Mary McLeman Brown had this to say 
about her first grandchild born in 
November 2006: "So precious." 

Lorraine Nelson Stevens is still working 
part-time as a travel agent. She says, "I 
travel as much as possible. I am also 
enjoying our grandchildren — two boys 
and twin girls." 



Shirley Read Lupien spent six weeks 
this past winter in Florida with her 
oldest daughter and family. Shirley has 
eight grandchildren and enjoys living in 
a 55+ year community. 

1955 

Our sincere condolences to JoAnne 
DiPietro DiMarco on the passing of her 
husband, Tom, in November 2006. 

Diana Hendley Cooper writes, "My 
husband and I took a wonderful cruise 
to the Scandinavian capitals and Russia 
in June 2006." 

From Honolulu, Bobbie Jennings says, 
"I had written to Margaret Pearl Ide '36, 

responding to her comment in Leaves 
that she had lived in Bragdon and 



Gardner, and letting her know that I 
had lived in the same two houses. Much 
to my surprise, it turns out that we both 
lived in the same room in Gardner and 
had the same experience — our room 
was on the ground floor, off the front 
porch, and a convenient room for those 
in the house who had after-hour dates. 
Seems like some things don't change in 
19 years." 

1957 

"My very best wishes to the Class of 
'57," writes Sara Collins, who was 
unable to attend reunion. 

Pat Howe Bassett is recovering from a 
car accident in February. 

Our sincere condolences to Peggy Ann 
Kenison Glaister whose husband, 
Frank, died in October 2006. Peggy 
Ann writes, "My warmest wishes to all 
my 1957 classmates. I am sorry not to 
be able to attend our reunion. I regret 
having to miss all the fun and renewed 
friendships. I have begun a new chap- 
ter/adventure in my life. I enjoy my 
volunteer work, and my three children 
and their children add spice to my 
daily life." 

Virginia Krauss White and her husband 
live in southern Maryland, just 45 min- 
utes southeast of Washington, DC. 
She writes, "I spoke to Joan Deshefy 
Patenaude in Palm City, FL, and it was 
wonderful to hear her voice. Say hello 
to Nancye Van Deusen Connor and 
Caroline Killam Moller for me. If any- 
one drives south, feel free to visit." 

"These 50 years sure did go fast," writes 
Elizabeth Liebewein Snyder. "I was 

sorry to miss reunion but one of my 
grandsons was getting married that 
weekend. I was thinking of you all 
enjoying yourselves." 



Class of 1957 




(L to R) Front Row: Sonia Altland Griffith, Charlie Killam Moller, Cam Carlson 
Ellsworth, Carol Swartz Kumin, Eileen Conradi lynch, Joan Deshefy Patenaude; 
Second Row: Sue Stroup Gilbert, Bobbie Flint Gerold, Janie Coulter Langmaid, Bobbie 
Sturges Kraus, Carol Braun Wissert, Carol Juechter Dixon; Third Row: Carol Preater 
Feldmann, Dorothy Ann Pearson Proctor, Joan Kramer Edelman, Joan Pethybridge 
Thompson, Marcia Jones Leighton, Janet Pockwinse; Last Row: Ada Whitmore Suydam, 
Evelyn Sanders Brewster, Audrey MacAdam Lowe, Millie Berg Cunningham, Patiicia 
Tarracciano Ciccone, Nancye Van Deusen Connor. 



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On two separate occasions, alumni got together in Connecticut. 




(L to R) Joan Plaskon Tatigian '58, 
Carol Christopher '58, Jeri Beard 
Ackerman '58. 



"Enjoying retirement, travel, and our 
10 grandchildren," writes Anita Polcari 
Hume. "We spend winters in our new 
home in St. Augustine, FL, but still 
love New England and we return to 
Belmont, MA in May. Wish I could 
have been there at reunion." 

"A herniated disc prevented me 
from attending the reunion," writes 
Barbara Polidor Kubichek. "I retired 
two years ago from teaching and 
working as a statistician at a hospital. 
I have a husband, three daughters, 
and nine grandchildren. I would love 
to hear from Ellie Kuchta O'Neil, 
Dot LeCaron Watson, and Ronnie 
Griemsmann Judson. 

Carol Swartz Kumin had a knee replace- 
ment in early April and planned to be 
dancing by reunion. 

Ada Whitmore Suydam is doing volun- 
teer work and traveling. 

1958 

"Hi to all in the Class of '58," writes 
Judy Butler Weppel. "I am managing a 
resale shop that supports a domestic 
violence shelter for women. It is reward- 
ing." Judy has a first grandson and all 
is well. 



(L to R) Margo Miller Larson '59, 
Joan Plaskon Tatigian '58, Jeri Beard 
Ackerman '58. 



1959 

An update from Joanne Curtis Island: 

"I retired from marketing management. 
I live five months in Connecticut and 
seven months in Hobe Sound, FL. I love 
music and golf." 



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1961 

Linda Leser Hughes and her husband 
retired in December 2006. They spend 
half the year in Ashland, MA and the 
other half in Venice, FL. 

An update from Nan Sparks Hunter in 
Myrtle Beach, SC: "I took a trip to South 
Africa in April, and my daughter got 
married in June. If you are in the area, 
give me a call." 

1962 

Pat Buxton retired after 15 years 
working as a recreation assistant in 
nursing homes. 

"I am pleased to report that I'm healthy, 
happy, enjoying retirement of seven 
years, and glad to be alive and kickirf," 
writes Missie Lane Jarman. "Hope one 
of these years to head north for a visit. 
Sounds like good stuff is happening in 
and around Lasell." 



Ginny Tsouros Taylor says, "I was 
delighted to have classmate Muriel 
Bloom Bruskin and her husband visit 
our new summer home in Plymouth, 
MA." Ginny and her husband spend 
five months there and seven months in 
Vero Beach where her grandchildren 
live 10 minutes away. Ginny also stays 
in touch with Linda Bald Lathrop and 
former roommates Janet Conte Lewis 
and Elaine Abodeely Saliba. 

1963 

Claire Lipton Zimmers reports, "Our 
blended-bonded family enjoys five mar- 
ried children and 16 grandchildren. 
Life is truly good." 

1964 

Jo-Anne Blaine Waleik, Julie Clark 
Doescher, and Jane Pearson Varley have 
had a couple of reunions in Florida. 
Jane says, "What fun we have had 
reminiscing about our Lasell days." 

1965 

Our sincere condolences to Anne 
DeArment Kleffel on the death of her 
mother, Janet Owens DeArment '37, 

in May. 

An invitation from Linda Foster Nixon: 

"Running First Night Chatham is quite 
a challenge. Join us and come and ring 
in New Year's Eve with a celebration of 
the arts." 

1967 

Vicki Tenney Graboys had lunch with 
Patty Rhert Keating and Lynn Smith. 

1968 

Laurie Ranters Micheau is a district 
sales manager for Novartis 
Pharmaceuticals. She and her husband 
celebrated their 15th anniversary. 
She says, "We are now the proud 
grandparents of three." 

Janice Taylor Perruzzi writes, "After 20 
years, I finally saw my former room- 
mate, Bev Walker Neilipovitz, from 
Harrow, Ontario. We haven't changed 
a bit." 



Class 0/1967 




A mini reunion in Florida for class- 
mates (L to R) Ellen Wagner Call 
and Beth Anderson Roy. 



1969 

Betsy Gimbel Ratner is a creativity 
specialist. She says, "I help people 
explore their strengths as well as areas 
that need assistance. The end result is 
increased awareness, more creativity, 
and productivity." 

Linda Luskin Towne recalls several 
milestones: "For the past eight months I 
have been working as a faculty assistant 
for 19 awesome law professors at 
Western New England College School of 
Law and love it. I reached my 2-year 
anniversary as a breast cancer survivor. 
My husband and I celebrated our 12th 
wedding anniversary. We have two pre- 
cious grandchildren. We've got lots to be 
thankful for." 

Nancy Rosenthal Klein's oldest daughter 
got married and had a destination 
wedding in September 2006. 



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1970 

Eileen McGuckian is the nursing educa- 
tor for the peri-anesthesia department at 
Children's Hospital of the King's 
Daughters. She lives with her daughter 
and three cats. 



Class of 1962 



Class of 1967 





(L to R) Front Row: Marilyn Richo Coffey, Pat McNulty Magnotta, Maria Lupoli Lewis; 
Back Row. Pat Buxton, Roseann Santoro Krodel, Sally Nutter Carpenter. 



(L to R) Front Row: Katie McDonough Ryan and Martha Rorty Boiardi; 
Back Row: Betsy Webb Cheney, Kathy Morgan Lucey, Gwynne Gates Cosgriff. 



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Class 0/1972 




(L to R) Front Row: Meredith 
Brennan Dance, Lynn Munson 
Cashman, Gayle Yatzak Molnar, 
Toby dayman, Beth Andrews 
Haidet; Back Row: Jeanne J ohnsen, 
Bonnie Berman Wugman, Nancy 
Armstrong, Deborah Glynn Jones. 



late summer or fall. Her company, 
Allison Sargent Events, is a full-service 
organization that plans, creates, and 
executes custom-crafted social occasions 
for individuals. Check out her website: 
www.allisonsargent.com 

1977 

Nancy Lexander Anderson says, "I 

cannot attend our 30th reunion as I 

will be attending my son's graduation 

from college!" 

Terri Canavan Loe was unable to attend 
reunion as she was on a mission trip 
to Honduras. Terri writes, "We will be 
giving medical aid, rebuilding an 
orphanage as well as helping with the 
summer vacation Bible program. I will 
miss seeing you all but must do what I 
am called to do." 



Class of 1982 




Class 0/1984 




(L to R) Corinne Guyett Norris and 
Robin Tavekelian. 



(L to R) Trisha Wing Bartenstein, 
Sue Parker, Heather Woods Keller. 



1972 

An update from Amy Hament Wister: 
"I manage my husband's internal 
medicine practice of four physicians. 
I have been married for 17 years. I mar- 
ried late in life and didn't have children 
right away so that's why I now have a 
6-year-old. Besides working hard, I 
enjoy traveling, skiing, tennis, biking, 
and swimming." 

1973 

Kristin Cooksley Magnussen earned an 

MSN in Education from the University 

of Hartford. 

1974 

Our sincere condolences to Adria 

Goldman Gross on the death of 

her father. 

Janet Mester Hay is currently living in 
the mid-west with her family. She has 
a daughter in high school and a son 
in college. 

1976 

Allison Hague Sargent auditioned suc- 
cessfully for the role of wedding expert 
for the reality TV show, "Whose 
Wedding is it Anyway?" The show's 
camera crew will begin taping the day 
Allison is introduced to the couple and 
will finish taping when the bride tosses 
her bouquet. The segment will air in the 





During her mission in Honduras, Terri 
Canavan Loe 'jj spent time working 
with babies with malnutrition. 



Class 0/1977 




(L to R) Marsha Camp, Lynne 
Pantaleo-Congdon, Meg Benoit Sapia, 
Jan MacLeod 'jg. 



1979 

Ronnie Cohen Romanuck says, "I am 

enjoying good health, my husband, and 
small dog in Raynham, MA. I encour- 
age other alumni to support our Lasell." 



i98o's 



1981 

Cyndy Shaw is a massage therapist with 
a specialty in zero balancing and teach- 
es a dance class called dancenergy. 



1982 

Nancy Lambert D'Antonio works as a 
case manager in obstetrics at 
Massachusetts General Hospital. 
While stopping for breakfast at a New 
Hampshire restaurant, Nancy recog- 
nized Connie Milner, former director 
of the Lasell College nursing program, 
sitting at a table. Nancy joined Connie 
and they had a great visit. 

Kimberly Rowe Galli and Mary Ellen 
Noonan say they would love to hear 
from some of their old Lasell friends. 
Kim - kgalli9544@aol.com, Mary Ellen 
emmasbeachhouse@aol.com 



1990's 



1992 

Carolyn Piccolino Decker is "happily 
married for 9+ years and living in 
Bartlett, IL in the same house we built 
9 years ago." Carolyn finished an MBA 
from the Keller Graduate School of 
Management in 2002 and worked for 
an online university for two years before 
she decided to go back to school. 
"I hope to graduate by the end of 2007 
with an Ed.D. in Organizational 
Leadership from Argosy University. 



1995 

Last fall, Tenisha Walton started a busi- 
ness called Southern Pleasures Bath 
and Body Company. She says, "I have 
been in North Carolina for close to two 
years and am in the process of trying to 
apply to OT school." 

1999 

Elizabeth Ramger completed an M.Ed. 

and is currently working as a guidance 
counselor and special education teach- 
ing assistant in Newton. 

2000'S 

2001 

Kara Roop is studying International 
Education Development at Teachers 
College and living in Rye, NY. Kara says, 
"It is quite a contrast from the Kalahari 
Desert where I was living." 

Joanna Winslow proudly toots her horn: 
"From May 10 through June 10, a poster 
promoting Boston's Gay Pride Week 
sported my smiling face along with 
about 25 other people all over the 
Boston T (that's the subway system in 
Boston for those of you not from the 
area) as part of a campaign to promote 
Boston's Gay Pride Week." 



Class 0/1987 




Allison Hague Sargent 'y6. 



(L to R) Wendy Ford Foley, Andrea Callahan Russo, Rachel Brown Mitchell, Lisa 
Hawks Gillum, Ann Mignosa. 



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Lasell Class Notes 



Fall 2007 



Class Notes 



2002 

Melissa Mcintosh is department 
coordinator of the maternity unit at 
the Newton- Wellesley Hospital. She 
describes herself as a "working mom 
and loving partner." 

2003 

Melissa Pante Leger is the Director of 
Design for Guess women's footwear 
for Marc Fisher Footwear in Greenwich, 
CT. Her new husband, Chris Leger, 
is a Physical Therapy Assistant at the 
Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, 
NY. Chris will begin working toward 
his Doctorate in PT at Mercy College 
in September. 

Frantzces Lys received the Faculty 
Leadership Award at Simmons School 
of Social Work (see story p. 21). 

2004 

In October 2006, Hillary Collins 
received an M.S. in Exceptional Student 
Education from Nova Southeastern 
University in Fort Lauderdale, and 
began teaching before the school year 
ended. She and her boyfriend bought 
their first house in Port St. Lucie, FL 
a few months ago. Hillary says, 
"We are nicely settling into our new 
home and city." 



Class 0/2004 




Former roommates got together 

in June (L to R) Kathy Yates '05 and 

Deb Lestch '05. 



Class of 1997 





(L to R) Jenn Toscano and 
Eileen Apelian. 



An update from Mitchell Phillips: 

"I work downtown in the financial dis- 
trict for a financial systems consulting 
firm. I love the area, and my office over- 
looks Boston Harbor. I bought my first 
house over five months ago in Waltham. 
It is tough being a homeowner. If any- 
one is downtown or in the Moody Street 
area, give me a ring." 

Jen Pothier Mueller is a footwear devel- 
oper for Stride Rite Corporation in 
Lexington, MA. 

2005 

Kate Eldridge is working on a dual 
Master's Degree in Criminal Justice and 
Psychology at Suffolk University. She 
lives in South Boston. Kate says, 
"Boston is a great city. If you are ever in 
town, give me a ring. Good luck to all, 
and keep in touch." 



"It is hard to believe that just two years 
ago I was sitting in a classroom and 
now I am a professional, "writes Krystal 
Kuczmiec. "I am currently working as a 
housing advocate for South Middlesex 
Opportunity Council in Framingham. 
I work with homeless families, helping 
them find affordable places to live." 

2006 

Elizabeth D'Esopo is studying for a 
Master's Degree in Criminal Justice 
at Suffolk University in Boston. 

An update from Jenny Du Puis: 

"Since graduating, I worked as a cos- 
tume assistant for Circus Smirkus in 
rural Vermont and a 
wardrobe/stitcher/craftsperson for the 
Alley Theatre 

in Houston. In my newest adventure, 
I will be touring with the musical, 
"Hairspray." We will be all over the 
country and in Japan for the summer." 

A casting call for the reality-TV show, 
"Project Runway," drew nearly 200 
fashion designers. Included in the 
hopefuls was Avari Thomas who 
works as a bridal consultant. She 
arrived at the casting call toting an 
ostrich-feather dress and silk jacket. 
She says, "I like all of the challenges, 
the competition, seeing how people 
express themselves creatively, and 
seeing people's perspectives." 

2007 

Brittany Baker accepted the position of 
Student Financial Planning Coordinator 
at Lasell College. 

Elizabeth Huston says her dreams have 
come true. She secured a job as an 
advertising account executive with 
Mongoose Media and will be moving 
to NYC. 



Class 0J200J 




Upcoming Alumni Events 



If you would be interested in 
sponsoring or helping to organize an 
alumni event in the future, please 
contact the Alumni Relations Office, 
1844 Commonwealth Avenue, 
Newton, MA 02466-2716, 617-243-2139, 
617-243-2467, alumni@lasell.edu. 



LASELL COLLEGE 




(L to Rj Jean Petrino and Patti 
Beck Bishop. 



Torchlight Parade 2007 (L to R) Casey Rich, Shayna Glynn, Jennifer Brokmeier, 
Emma Young. 



Thursday, October 4 - 

Boston, MA - A special event for 
Graduates of alumni from the classes of 1998- 

the Last Decade r . ... - „ „ 

2007. Sissy K s, 6:30-8:30 p.m., $10 
per person includes one drink and appetizers. $15 at 
the door. Complimentary admission for the Class of 
2007. To R.S.V.P. visit www.lasellalumni.org/sissyks or 
call the Alumni Relations Office, 617-243-2467. 



Sunday, October 21 
is River Day/Family 
Friends Weekend at 

the Lasell College Stoller 
Boathouse on the Charles River. 



Calling Alumni Athletes! Family & Friends 
Weekend is Oct. 19-21, 2007 

Saturday, 10/20 

8:00 a.m. Men's Alumni Soccer game 
Crellier Field 

9:00 a.m. Women's Alumni Soccer game 
Grellier Field 

3:00 p.m. Women's Alumni Volleyball/ 

Men's Alumni Volleyball games 
Athletic Center 

4:30 p.m. Alumni Athlete Reception - TBA 

Sunday, 10/21 

11:00 a.m. Alumni River Day Canoe races - 
Stoller Boat House 

12:00 p.m. Men's Alumni Lacrosse game - 
Crellier Field 

j v Sunday, December 9 - 

p-\ Waltham, MA - "It's Christmas 

(QlriSuliasilimc T' me " musical spectacular. The 

Reagle Players. Beginning with appe- 
tizers at The Naked Fish at 3 p.m. Production at 5 p.m. 
$47 per person. Two tickets per alum. 

Florida - We plan to be in Florida during the first 
week of February and the first week of March, 2008, 
for welcome receptions for President Michael B. 
Alexander. If you have not heard from us about a 
reception near you, please contact us. 

May 16-18, 2008 - Reunion 
Weekend/Commencement Weekend. 

Check out the Lasell College alumni web 
site www.lasellalumni.org for more infor- 
mation. Please email the Alumni Relations 
Office at alumni@lasell.edu with any 
address changes or class notes. 



A Master's degree may 
be closer than you think. 



Lasell College is pleased to offer a 20% 
tuition discount for graduate study to 
alumni who have earned a Lasell degree 
and hold a bachelor's. Learn more about 
Lasell's Master of Science in Management 
program and its concentrations by con- 
tacting Adrienne Franciosi, Director of 
Graduate Admissions at 617-243-2214 or 
by email afranciosi@lasell.edu. 



Fall 2007 



Lasell Class Notes 17 



Class Notes 



Engagements 

Robin Tavekelian '82 to Bill Post 
Elizabeth Ramger '99 to Kevin O'Neil 
Danielle Blais '01 to Matthew Flad 
Beth D'Esopo '06 to Chris Bauch 
Lyndsay Moore '06 to Mike Fortunato 
Sean Mari MSM '06 to Amanda Welker 

Marriages 

Nancy Hall '75 to James Young 
on June 3, 2007 

Nancy Martinson Cali '78 to Russell 
Meekine in July 2005 

Brandi Robinson '93 to Bill Dunlop, Jr. 
on July 14, 2007 

Emily Usher '02 to Peter Pacheco 
on September 30, 2006 

Victor Cipolla '03 to Damon Mininni 
on May 6, 2006 

Melissa Pante '03 to Christopher 
Leger '03 on April 15, 2007 

Jennifer Pothier '04 to Jason Mueller 
on September 3, 2006 

Births 

Julie Monaco Giles '99, a daughter, 
Kaitlyn Julia, on May 25, 2007 

Theresa Ashe Capasso '03, twins, 
Joseph Donato and Isabella Rose, 
on November 7, 2006 




Deaths 

Mabel Burns Coleman '28 

in June 2007 

Janet Scott Morse '28 

on April 18, 2007 

Natalie Whitaker Spalding '31 

on May 12, 2007 

Celia Kinsley Percival '34 

on June 16, 2007 

Gertrude Morris MacCallum '35 

on May 28, 2007 

Janet Owens DeArment '37 

on May 11, 2007 

Virginia "Gigi" Amesbury Stone '38 

on April 20, 2007 

Elizabeth Clark Brighton '38 

on January 27, 2007 

Miriam Livingstone Schroeder '38 

Eltress Huber Means '39 

on February 1, 2007 

Mary Raulinaitis Rooney '39 

on January 27, 2007 

Ellen Stoll Belbruno '39 

on May 5, 2007 

Henrietta Jugo Judd '40 

on May 27, 2007 

Susan Ridley '40 

in January 2007 

Marjorie Sherman '40 

on May 7, 2007 

Natalie Franks Hailer '43 

in April 2007 

Jean Phillips Canning '43 

on February 25, 2007 

Harriet Smillie Boynton '43 

on April 8, 2007 

Elizabeth Bradway Lee '44 

on April 24, 2007 



Ann Carlin Schofield '45 

on May 19, 2007 

Shirley Gleason '45 

on March 18, 2007 

Gwen Norton Mercer '45 

on June 12, 2007 

Ann Caruso Short '46 
Betsey Gavitt '47 in 1997 

Ruthe Powers Wlodyka '47 

on June 8, 2007 

Muriel Diversi Cuddy '48 

on May 9, 2007 

Madeleine Koempel Congdon '48 

on August 1, 2006 

Ann DeFilippis Cedrone '49 

Jean Sargent Lee '49 

on August 15, 2007 

Anna Fish Shriber '51 

Shirley Warriner Randall '52 

on May 29, 2007 

Ruth Birch Bastis '55 

on June 9, 2007 

Nancy Jerome Howell '57 

on June 15, 2007 

Judith Smith Smith '57 

on January 8, 2007 

Jetta Fucito Pendrick '58 

on April 5, 2007 

Jennifer Green Riggs '63 

Nancy Olson '66 

on May 26, 2007 

Martha Brighton Spencer '71 

on March 4, 2007 

Mary Bobbitt '73 

Patricia Colpitts, nursing faculty 




Jean Sargent Lee 

'49 passed away 
on August 15, 
2007. A poet and 
children's book 
author, she was a 
woman who 
exemplified life- 
long learning and 
Lasell was very fortunate to have her 
donate her talents to the College so 
wholeheartedly. After attending her 45th 
Reunion, she reacquainted herself with 
life at Lasell and not long afterward 
joined the Board of Overseers. She was 
elected to the Board of Trustees in 1996, 
was the Major Gifts Chair for the Lasell 
150 Campaign, and was Chair of the 
Bragdon Campaign. Underscoring her 
dedication to the importance of educa- 
tion, she established the Jean '49 and 
Cynthia '78 Sargent Lee Endowed 
Scholarship. She is survived by Robert S. 
Lee, her husband of 51 years, her three 
children, and her two grandchildren. 

In February 2007, after learning of her 
cancer, she wrote: 



The Best of Times — The Worst of Times! 



If, three weeks ago, I could have imagined 

how all this "head stuff' would work out 

I probably wouldn't have played it straight on 

and wondered how it could have been 

playing tricks on and on in my head - 

Don't let fear override your faith. 

When the taste of fear enters your 

sleepy little head let it rest — let it rest! 

This happened to me today and just when 

I thought I had imagined all the worst, 

I managed to awake to the thought 

that perhaps this was the best and 

I should face up to the fact. 

lean S. Lee 



(February 2007) 






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Lasell Class Notes 



Fall 2007 



CampUS Update 



Lasell Marks VTech Tragedy with Gathering 

College's In-Place Emergency Plan 
Reviewed and Updated Regularly 



The horrific tragedy at Virginia Tech, 
on April 16, 2007 — a school shooting 
that claimed the lives of 32 people and 
resulted in the wounding of 25 by a stu- 
dent gunman who died by suicide — 
spurred an outpouring of grief by the 
Lasell community, which gathered in 
Rosen Auditorium from noon to 1 p.m. 
on Friday, April 20, 2007, for a time of 
silent reflection, remembrance, prayers, 
and grieving. 

Organized by the Student Affairs staff 
along with representatives of student 
government, the gathering was a 
somber and respectful one at which 
attendees took the opportunity to sign 
a book of condolences that was sent to 
the president of Virginia Tech. 

The deadly campus shooting provoked 
a wholesale reevaluation of emergency 
response plans at colleges and 
institutions throughout the country, 
including ours. 

LaseU's response to any manner of 
emergencies is articulated in a compre- 
hensive Emergency Response and 
Management Plan that is periodically 
reviewed and updated, when necessary, 
by a standing Emergency Response 
Committee of essential personnel repre- 
senting every major area of governance 
at the College. 

Although no plan is foolproof, and 
every tragedy such as the one at Virginia 
Tech provides new insights into ways 
in which a plan can and should be 




Lasell Remembrance Poster. 

fortified, Lasell works vigilantly to 
ensure that if the unthinkable happens, 
the College will be prepared to respond 
in the best possible way to protect 
members of our community. 

In addition to our campus police — who 
have been trained to respond to specific 
occurrences — Lasell has a working 
emergency procedure that involves a full 
complement of personnel, including 
the President, his Senior Management 
Team, residence hall staff, internal and 
external communication designees, the 
IT department, and counseling profes- 
sionals each of whom is ready and able 
to respond. W 



Alumni Respond to Virginia Tech Tragedy 



President de Witt sent a letter to the Lasell Community expressing his shock at the 
senseless violence visited upon Virginia Tech. "This tragedy reminds us that no 
campus is ever completely secure, " he said, "and the incident was made all the 
more horrific because it occurred in a place dedicated to teaching, learning, and 
the open expression of ideas." 

Emails from alumni poured into Lasell, a few of which are quoted below. 



II 



Thank you for sharing 
President de Witt's letter to 
the Lasell Community. 
I very much appreciate the 
voice of love and honesty in his 
words. This is truly a painful 
event that is hard to digest 
and understand. JJ 

— Heather Heath Reed '68 



' The President's letter gave me 
a sense of comfort — knowing 
that people are coming 
together to face this horrible 
situation and doing what 
we can to comfort others. 
And yes, to take precautions 
for the future. J J 

— Ruth Fulton Rardin '40 



Student Trip to Nicaragua 

Faculty International Service 
Learning Think Tank Proposes New 
Service-Based Study Opportunity 



The enormous success of LaseU's 
Mexico Shoulder to Shoulder Program, 
which is now entering its sixth year, 
prompted a group of faculty to form a 
group whose express mission is to nur- 
ture development of international 
course-and-service trips for students. 
They call themselves the International 
Service Learning Think Tank and they 
began meeting in the fall of 2006. 

"We have been engaged in reading 
challenging texts on global poverty and 
service-learning across cultures," says 
English Professor and Director of the 
Honors Program Stephanie Athey. 
"We have an increasing number of 
students who have applied to Shoulder 
to Shoulder and been turned away 
and we felt it was time to increase the 
variety of service possibilities for Lasell 
students. So, we began exploring inter- 
national partnerships that will broaden 
our global curriculum and deepen our 
service offerings." 

Librarian and Mexico On- Site 
Coordinator Lydia Pittman learned of 
the San Juan Del Sur Biblioteca Movil 
through Simmons College Graduate 
School of Library and Information 
Science, where she received her M.L.S. 
"It is an established literacy and book- 
mobile program that brings books to 
remote areas in Nicaragua, reaching out 
to children, their parents, and teachers " 
Lydia explains. 



U 



Our hearts are so heavy for all 
these children from Virginia 
Tech, as well as for the children 
who are attending colleges all 
around the country. They have 
lost their sense of security in a 
place where they once felt safe. 
I always felt so safe at Lasell 
and I felt that there were 
always people looking out for 
my well being, ff 

— Karen Campbell Murdoch '91 




Think Tank members (standing L to R) 
Librarian Lydia Pittman, Criminal Justice 
Professor, Linda Bucci, Director of the 
Center for Community-Based Learning 
Sharyn Lowenstein, (seated top to bottom) 
Fashion Design Professor Jill Carey, 
English Professor and Director of the 
Honors Program Stephanie Athey, and 
Sociology Professor and Director of the 
Donahue Institute Tessa LeRoux. Missing: 
Art Professor Margo Lemieux. 

The concept of lending libraries is 
unfamiliar in Nicaragua, and in Central 
America as a whole, so there is an 
appalling lack of books and information 
available. In 2002, the San Juan del 
Sur Biblioteca Movil became the first 
stationary public lending library in 
Nicaragua and, in 2003, the organiza- 
tion began bringing books to remote 
surrounding areas via their pickup 
truck/bookmobile. They currently 
serve 26 communities. 

In August, Lydia and Stephanie traveled 
to San Juan Del Sur to explore what 
service possibilities would be available 
to Lasell students through the bookmo- 
bile operation. "We went to see if our 
students would only work with literacy 
issues or if there might be manual 
labor projects as well. We also explored 
educational day trips," Lydia explains. 

The final form of the trip is currently 
being discussed, but there will be some 
mandatory meetings before the group 
departs that will cover background 
history and cultural tips. Once this 
service-learning partnership is fully 
up and running, the Think Tank is 
discussing proposals for study trips 
to Italy and London. 'W 



Fall 2007 



Lasell Leaves I Q 






Campus Update 



Dealing with the Threat 

Dr. Louise Richardson Discusses the Terrorist Movement 



Unfortunately, it currently seems that 
not a day goes by when the news isn't 
filled with stories of terrorist attacks. 
The era of the Cold War has morphed 
into the years of terrorism and to 
educate the Lasell community on this 
movement, the Donahue Institute, 
Criminal Justice Professor Ed Sieh's 
class on Terrorism, and the Alpha 
Phi Sigma Honor Society asked 
Executive Dean of the Radcliffe Institute 
for Advanced Study Louise Richardson 
to speak. 

Author of What Terrorists Want: 
Understanding the Enemy, Containing 
the Threat, Dr. Richardson lectures 
widely on terrorism and international 
security and has appeared on CNN, 
the BBC, PBS, NPR, and a host of 
other media outlets. She was awarded 
the Levenson Prize, given by the vote 
of the undergraduate student body to 
the best teachers at Harvard, for her 
class "Terrorist Movements in 
International Relations." 



"Terrorism is the deliberate targeting of 
non-combatants for a political purpose," 
she explained. "It must be politically 
inspired, otherwise it is just a crime. 
And, it involves violence. Terrorists don't 
want to defeat the enemy, they want to 
communicate a political message and 
they choose symbolic topics. The victim 
and the audience are not the same. 

"Publicity is the oxygen of terrorism," 
she continued. "The media fans the 
public's fears. A resilient public is what 
is effective." 

Dr. Richardson feels that the United 
States has made two big mistakes. The 
first was declaring a war on terrorism. 
"We played directly into their hands by 
giving them renown and elevating their 
stature." The second was connecting 
Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden. 
"By making that connection we have 
made it more difficult," she said, "and, 
we were never were able to mobilize the 
international community behind us." 



She pointed out that terrorism is neither 
a new phenomenon nor is it the pri- 
mary reserve of Islam. "All religions 
have had terrorists. Also, they are not 
irrational and they are not amoral. They 
believe in the morality of their cause 
and they operate within self-imposed 
restraints. However, they have only a 
very vague conception of what it is that 
they want to create. They are fixated on 
what is wrong." 

Containing the threat of terrorism is dif- 
ficult. "Have defensible and achievable 
goals," she said. "Live by your principles 
(although Abu Ghraib has made this 
more difficult) and know your enemy — 
have good intelligence. Separate terror- 
ists from their communities. By engag- 
ing the moderates in these communities 
it makes it harder for the terrorists 
to operate." 

In closing, Dr. Richardson emphasized 
the need for the United States to have 




(L to R) Dr. Louise Richardson and 
Professor Ed Sieh. 

patience and keep its perspective. 
"We've assumed that we have a 
monopoly on being correct," she 
said. "We need to be concerned with 
what's effective against terrorism and 
at what cost." W 



Teens Visit Campus 

Lasell Hosts Global Citizens 
Leadership Development Program 



In July, Lasell College welcomed 20 
students from Global Citizens, a holis- 
tic, Cambridge-based youth program for 
an afternoon of college awareness. "This 
is something that we do on a regular 
basis," says James Tweed, director of 
Undergraduate Admission. "It's one of 
the many ways we (the Lasell College 
community) work to educate young 
people about the importance of higher 
education. Today we filled a need in our 
community — we were able to show- 
case Lasell, provide career planning, 
and demonstrate for the students from 
Global Citizens how to access and 
afford higher education." 

The introduction to college at Lasell for 
the Global Citizens students included a 
campus tour, an overview of admission, 
financial aid, college athletics, and also 
provided these young adults, ages 16 to 
18, with a sampling of two of Lasell's 
popular majors, Fashion and 
Communication. The afternoon activi- 
ties enabled the group to discover how 
a college education, including valuable 
professional experience and contacts 
through internships within the fashion 
and communication industries, 
will make them ready to embark on 
satisfying careers. 




Students from Global Citizens take an ice 
cream break during their full afternoon 
at Lasell. 

The Global Citizens program is 
designed to help high schoolers develop 
leadership skills and to make them into 
global citizens, according to program 
Director Felicia Pitterson. With a target 
population of 16- to 18-year-olds, the 
young people tackle new areas of learn- 
ing throughout a summer of "theme 
weeks." Their arrival at Lasell College 
coincided with a focus on college 
preparatory and job readiness. 

"Lasell College is pleased to be involved 
in this collaborative effort and to sup- 
port an initiative that truly impacts the 
lives of young people," says James 
Tweed. "The Global Citizens Program's 
focus on cooperative education fits 
perfectly with Lasell's educational 
philosophy, connected learning." 'ft' 



Students Honored 

Annual Service and Social justice 
Recognition Reception 



VI hat are you outraged by?" asked 
Donahue Institute Director Tessa 
LeRoux at the Annual Service and Social 
Justice Recognition Reception. The stu- 
dents who were present in de Witt Hall 
were all there because they want to 
build a better world and are doing 
something about it. 

The variety of programs that they were 
involved in over the course of the year 
was impressive. A mentoring program 
with the children of mothers from "The 



Second Step," an organization that pro- 
vides services for abused women and 
children, was new this year as was the 
America Counts program that is 
designed to promote math enjoyment 
for elementary school students. 

Many of the service projects were ongo- 
ing, including the designing of new 
mammogram robes called "Joanies" (in 
honor of Fashion Professor Joan Morris, 
who spearheaded the project) for 
Newton-Wellesley Hospital. '* 




Modeling the "Joanies," the mammogram robes designed for Newton-Wellesley Hospital, 
are (L to R) Caitlin Small '07, Heather Daigle '07, Heather Floyd 'oj, Fashion Professor 
Joan Morris, Kristin Augenfeld '10, and Fashion Professor Maritza Cantero Farrell. 



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Fall 2007 



CampUS Update 



The Muslim World 

Two Lectures Focus on Islam 




Donahue Institute sponsored speaker 
Dr. Fatima Sadiqi addresses a packed 
de Witt Hall. 

In the volatile post 9/11 world, 
Westerners have made many assump- 
tions about Islam, both correct and 



incorrect. Two lectures this past spring 
focused on the complexities of under- 
standing this religion and its association 
with terrorism. 

Dr. Fatima Sadiqi, who was a visiting 
Fulbright Scholar at Lasell in the spring 
of 2004, spoke on the "Different Faces 
of Islam." Dr. Sadiqi is Senior Professor 
of Linguistics and Gender Studies at the 
University of Fes, in Morocco. She 
founded the Centre for Studies and 
Research on Women at that university 
and in September 2006, she was nomi- 
nated by the UN Secretary-General as 
one of the eight women members of the 
Committee for Development Policy. 

"Islam has never been homogeneous," 
said Dr. Sadiqi, "and it cannot be 
defined geographically or racially. 
Because of media hype, people today 



associate the religion with terrorism, 
but this is a dangerous stereotype." 

The Moroccan women's movement and 
the sociological, cultural, and historical 
factors which crystallized in the birth 
of Moroccan modern feminism is Dr. 
Sadiqi's particular area of expertise. She 
explained the role of faith, politics, and 
gender in that country and traced the 
women's movement starting in 
the 1940s. 

"Islam is not a monolithic thing," 
she concluded. "It can be faith, 
it can be politics, it can be cultural. 
Don't put everything in one basket. 
That is dangerous." 

Joseph Aieta, the Joan Weiler Arnow 
Professor and Professor of Humanities, 
spoke on "Who is a Real Briton? 
Muslims and Identity in Britain in the 



Last Thirty Years." He defined culture 
as the values and practices of one group 
and, like Dr. Sadiqi, he pointed out, 
"you can't make blanket statements 
about cultures." 

Professor Aieta noted that 70 percent of 
the world's refugees are Muslims and 
that in Europe no real effort has been 
made to integrate them. In Britain, 
foreign imams have been preaching in 
the mosques, using racial discrimina- 
tion and unemployment as the tools to 
work up young Muslims. 

"Islamaphobia persists," he said. 
"Muslims and non-muslims lead paral- 
lel lives that never touch. The Muslims 
have been ghettoized." The past two 
summers have seen terrorist violence 
escalate in Britain, highlighting these 
socio/religious problems. W 



Poetry and the Spoken Word Give Youth a Chance 

Frantzces Lys '03 Receives Faculty Leadership Award at Simmons 




Frantzces Lys '03. 

Hoetry is something I have done 
since I can remember," says Frantzces 
Lys '03. "Not only did I write it, but 
I would go out and read it as well. 
I was a member of the Black Out 
Artist Collectors and we went to 
different communities, performed, 
and did workshops." 

Frantzces received her M.S.W from 
the Simmons School of Social Work 
in 2007. She was given the Faculty 
Leadership Award there for spearhead- 
ing Roc da Mic, two spoken word 
events that heralded back to what she 
herself had done as a teen. "Frantzces 
reached out to youth impacted by 
violence and introduced us to a 
form of self-expression that many of 



us were not aware of," says Simmons 
Associate Professor Lynn Sanford. 
"She embodies empowerment." 

At Simmons, Frantzces was a member 
of the Association of Black Social 
Workers, an organization that addresses 
Black issues. "Our topic for the year 
was youth of color and teen violence" 
she says. "This gave me the impetus to 
create Roc da Mic, a program where 
teens could perform their pieces. I saw 
it as a way to bring youth and adults 
from diverse backgrounds and commu- 
nities together." 

By emailing youth organizations and 
promoting the event, Frantzces had 60 
people attend the first Roc da Mic and a 
tremendous amount of talent surfaced. 
At the second show, there was a slightly 
different format. "We did some open 
mic," she says, "but we also had two 
featured high school artists perform." 

A large contingent from Lowell attend- 
ed the first event and they were so 
enthusiastic about how it went that 
they have created their own group and 
are going to continue doing it. 
Simmons also wants Frantzces to return 
next year to run Roc da Mic again. 
"I didn't know there would be such a 
wave," she exclaims. 

At Lasell, her two Psychology intern- 
ships made a huge impact on Frantzces 
and reinforced her desire to be involved 



with young people. "At the Boston Teen 
Challenge Fund Coalition I worked with 
youth who went out into their commu- 
nities to influence their peers to make 
the right choices," she recalls. "They 
took it upon themselves to talk to adults 
about how young people feel and I 
really admired them. LaseU's internship 
program is unique and it put me ahead 
of the game when I began to think 
about getting an advanced degree." 

"Frantzces was a person regarded 
by both faculty and her peers as a 
leader — someone to look up to and 



consult," recalls Psychology Professor 
Felice Gordis. "Her kindness, wisdom, 
and awareness of others were some 
of her very special qualities and 
I am so pleased that her work has 
been recognized." 

Seven other Lasell alumni who have or 
are attending the Simmons School of 
Social Work are Rachel Cottle '04, Kim 
Irving '01, Amy Gleason '04, Elisa Ann 
McKernan '03, Kianna Gooden '06, 
Shelby Derissaint '02 and Lauren 
DuFresne '03. W 







March, 23rd, 2007, 7 P- m - - 10 P- m - 

Faculty Staff Dining Room @ 300 The Fenway, Boston 

Simmons Graduate Students of Social Work 
With Association of Black Social Workers Presents: 

Ms. Swagga g£ Sofia Snow 

Come for the Talent — Stay to be Enlightened 

Sign up Early for Open Mic, All Ages, Everyone is Welcomed 

Light Refreshments Will Be Served. All This Free of Charge 

Email: Iys9@simm0ns.edu (617) 852-4915 or 
azzizi.carle@simmons.edu with any questions or to perform 



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CampUS Update 



Brandeis and Lasell Become Partners 

Varsity Baseball added to 
LaselPs Athletic Roster 



What the Future Holds 

Fashion Trend Forecaster David 
Wolfe Looks into his Crystal Ball 



For the first time in its history, Lasell 
will be offering baseball. During the 
introductory 2008 season, it will be a 
club sport and it will move to varsity 
status in 2009. "We are excited to be 
starring a new program and to be 
offering more opportunities for our 
student athletes," says Athletic Director 
Kristy Walter. 

A partnership with neighboring 
Brandeis University is what has made 
this possible. "Recently the Brandeis 
crew learned that it wouldn't have a 
boathouse next year and we have been 
looking to add baseball to our roster," 
explains Walter. "Now Lasell will have 
access to Brandeis' Stein Diamond and, 
in return, Brandeis will be able to use 
Lasell's Stoller Boathouse." 



Brandeis will accommodate the 
schedules of the two baseball teams 
by adding lights to its field for night 
practice and games. Lasell has agreed 
to replace the dock on its boathouse. 
"It is a win-win situation for everyone," 
says Walter. "It's a creative solution that 
helps both institutions." 

Baseball will become the 13th varsity 
sport offered at Lasell and is the sixth 
team sport for men. The team will 
compete in the Great Northeast Athletic 
Conference (GNAC). '«' 




Shown in the photo above are (L to R) Fashion Professor Anne Vallely, trend forecaster 
David Wolfe, and Fashion Department Chair Richard Bath. 



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#Vn engrossed audience listened 
intently as internationally known trend 
forecaster David Wolfe revealed his 
thoughts on what would be hot for 
the spring of 2008 at a forum titled 
"The Big Picture: Fashion and Lifestyle 
Trends." Wolfe's job is to help designers 
decide what the average person might 
actually want to buy. "You want to have 
what she wants before she knows she 
wants it," he explained. 



For spring 2008, Wolfe predicts that 
1940s styles are going to make their 
return, noting that Prada has already 
started to show this trend. He advised 
looking at the new Marc Jacobs collec- 
tion and, for those wondering who the 
new fashion icon will be — Grace Kelly 
is coming back. %' 



Quality of Program Recognized 

Rockwell Receives Accreditation 



This summer the Holway Child Study 
Center/ Rockwell, the half-day, school 
year nursery program for children ages 
three to five, became among the first in 
the nation to earn accreditation from 
the National Association for the 
Education of Young Children (NAEYC) 
— the nation's leading organization of 
early childhood professionals. 




Some young Rockwell students pause in 
their play. 



Although the Center has been accredited 
by NAEYC since the early 1990s, the 
accreditation process was "reinvented" 
in 2006. To earn NAEYC accreditation 
in the new system, Rockwell went 
through an extensive self-study process, 
measuring the program and its services 
against the ten new NAEYC Early 
Childhood Program Standards and more 
than 400 related accreditation criteria. 

The program received accreditation 
after an on-site visit by an NAEYC 
Assessor to ensure that the program 
met each of the ten NAEYC program 
standards. NAEYC accredited programs 
are also subject to unannounced visits 
during their accreditation, which lasts 
for five years. 

"The new NAEYC accreditation system 
raises the bar for preschools, child care 
centers, and other early childhood 
programs," said Mark Ginsberg, Ph.D., 
executive director of NAEYC. "The 
Holway Child Study Center accreditation 
is a sign that they are leaders in a 
national effort to invest in high-quality 
early childhood education, and to help 
give all children a better start." 




Rockwell Child Study Center. 

The new standards reflect the latest 
research and best practices in early 
childhood education and development. 
NAEYC is committed to utilizing the 
newest studies and analysis on positive 
child outcomes to ensure young chil- 
dren continue receiving the highest 
quality care and education possible. 

"I am so proud of our teachers, who 
worked extremely hard to earn this 
accreditation. Self-study, additional 
documentation and evaluation were 
added to their already busy daily 



schedules. They are truly the finest of 
the finest!! NAEYC accreditation lets 
families in our community know that 
their children are getting the best care 
and early learning experiences possi- 
ble," says Kathi Rudnicki, director of the 
Holway Child Study Center/ Rockwell. 

The Child Study Center/The Barn, 
which provides a full-day, full-year day 
care program for infants through five- 
year olds, is currently going through the 
accreditation process.* 



22 Lasell Leaves 



Fall 2007 



CampUS Update 



Fond Farewells 

Parties Held to Bid Goodbye to Tom de Witt and Gretta Arnold 



Tow does a college properly honor a 
president who has served it for 19 
years? This was the dilemma faced by 
the Lasell community. For a year there 
were plans in the making, some secret 
and some known to Tom and to his 
executive assistant, Gretta Arnold, who 
retired simultaneously. 

Over the course of several weeks this 
spring, Tom was feted by Lasell Village, 
the student body, members of his 
Cabinet, faculty and staff and, on June 
25, by alumni and members of the 
Board of Trustees, Overseers, and 



Corporators. In a well guarded secret, 
he was also awarded the Lasell Medallion 
at Reunion (see story on p. 25). "I cannot 
believe that you put one over on me again," 
smiled Tom, "especially since I have 
been on my guard since the renaming 
of Arnow Hall." 

Below are photos of some of these 
events. For more pictures, go to 
www.lasell.edu/dewitt_farewell/index.html. * 




At the faculty /staff farewell picnic, Tom stopped by every table. 





Tom exhibits his prowess on the trumpet at his June 25 
farewell party. (L to R) Chairman of the Board of Trustees 
Erik Stapper, Tom de Witt, Trustee RoseMary B. Fuss, 
Trustee Nancy Lawson Donahue '49, and New 
Philharmonia Conductor Ron Knudsen. 



Tom and Margaret admire the quilt that was presented to 
them at the faculty /staff picnic. It was put together secretly 
during the year and its squares hold pictures of Lasell build- 
ings, the 29 class banners made during Tom's tenure, as well 
as the signatures of every faculty and staff member. 




At the June 25 party, Gretta Arnold shares a dance with 
Nelson de Witt. 



Faculty Member, Author, and Artist 

Professor Margo Lemieux Donates 
Her Books to Brennan Library 




Professor Margo Lemieux is known for her artistic expression and her talents, which extend 
beyond the classroom. In the 3990s, she was very involved in children's literature, both writ- 
ing and illustrating books. She recently donated copies to the Brennan Library and they will 
be housed in the Children's Literature section. As Professor Lemieux became more involved 
with teaching, she stepped away from her writing but she still serves as the regional advisor 
for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Pictured above (L to R) Librarian 
Jill Shoemaker and Professor Lemieux are seated behind a selection of her books. 



Student Awards 




Each spring students who have gone above and beyond the norm are recognized for success- 
fully meeting challenges that are both self- and College-imposed and for making outstanding 
contributions to the life of the campus. (L to R) Lasell Bowl winners Jessica Olivier '08, 
Casey Rich 'oy, Tabatha Torres 'oy, Yazmin Colon 'oy, Marian Salama '08, and Cathee 
Hill 'oy, recipient of the Lasell Chair. In front is Ricardo Sanon '08, recipient of the Student 
Leader of the Year Award. Missing: Lasell Bowl winner Estella Hernandes 'oy. 



Fall 2007 



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Office of Alumni Relations 

1844 Commonwealth Avenue 
Newton, MA 02466-2716 
(617) 243-2139 
fax (617) 243-2383 

alumni@lasell.edu 
www.lasellalumni.org 




Lasell Alumni, Inc. 

1844 Commonwealth Avenue 
Newton, MA 02466-2716 
(617) 243-2139 
fax (617) 243-2383 

alumni@lasell.edu 
www.lasellalumni.org 




Message from Karen Gill, 
Director of Alumni Relations 



Hello Lasell Alumni, 

A great time was had by all at 
Reunion! Lots of laughter and story- 
telling went on long into the night as 
we had a record number of alums stay 
in the residence halls for the weekend. 
It was also mixed with some sadness as 
we bid adieu to Tom de Witt and 
thanked him for his many years at the 
helm of Lasell. 



We welcomed Michael Alexander at 
Reunion Convocation and look forward 
with anticipation for the next chapter in 
Lasell's history to be written. Please join 
us at alumni events during the coming 
year and be part of the fabric of Lasell's 
future! 



Thanks, 



OM^SS^P 



Karen B. Gill 

Director of Alumni Relations 



Message from the President 
of the Board of Management 




Dear Alums, 

5o at this exact moment, just hours 
before this welcome note of sorts is due, 
I am drawn back to my days at Lasell. 

Perhaps it was a paper for Professor Joe 
Aieta. For weeks I'm filled with brilliant 
thoughts, clever concepts, everything 
written so perfectly in my head. But 
now, as the deadline is approaching, 
I look at my screen and it is blank. My 
insight is gone — where is it I wonder? 
I know I had something to say (it is me 
after all) or at least to chalk! I can hear 
the womyn (that's how we spelled it 
from 1994 to 1998) on my floor chat- 
ting and laughing and thinking! I can 
almost feel the leaves rustling outside of 
my room (a coveted single) in the crisp 
Massachusetts fall air. 

I remember and I smile. Back then, 
I lived in "New Dorm." Later it was 
renamed Van Winkle — but it's the 
same place in my heart. (Remember, 
alums, we too can have buildings and 
monuments named for us if we give 
generously. So, call Michelle Walmsley 
of the Annual Giving office for more 
info at 617-243-2165.) 

My time at Lasell was a period of 
tremendous personal growth, full of 
challenges, of friendships, of success, of 
failures, of community and of love. It is 
because of all of this that I am proud to 
be your new President of the "BOM". 



Yes, it's officially Lasell Alumni, Inc. — 
the Board of Management, or perhaps 
the Board of Memories. I prefer, howev- 
er, the Board of Momentum. 

We are truly entering a new era and I 
am thrilled to be taking my first steps as 
President (I love how that sounds) with 
Lasell's new President Michael B. 
Alexander. Please help me sustain your 
legacy by attending our events, joining 
our online community, and, of course, 
calling or emailing us with your sugges- 
tions and memories. Lasell needs your 
energy, your stories. You are what gives 
us our identity. Though some building 
may have been renamed (perhaps in 
honor of your former classmates) and 
though you may have not walked across 
campus in years, your footprints are 
indeed imbedded in our foundation. 

Looking forward to meeting YOU 
in person. 



Urit Chaimovitz, Class of '98 



11 



We leave behind a bit of ourselves 
wherever we've been, 7; 

— Edmond Haracourt 



Lasell Alumni 
Online Community 



Please go to 
www.lasellalumni.org, 

log in, enter your password and 
update your profile page to be 
sure your information 
is current. 

If you are NEW to the 
community, please contact 
alumni@lasell.edu for your 
unique ID number, then you 
can login: 

• Gotowww.lasellalumni.org 

• Click "First Time Login" on 
the upper left side of the page 

• Enter your last name and 
select your record 

• Enter your unique ID number 

• Update your profile and get 
busy reconnecting! 

Community Features include: 

• Email forwarding-for-life 

• Member directories, message 
boards & real-time chats 

• Online clubs and mentoring 

• Networking, business card 
exchange & job listings 

• Donations online 

• Reunion planning and event 
calendars, photo albums 

• Downloadable "Lasell Leaves" 
and publications 

We also understand that you 
may not wish to be listed in 
Lasell's Online Community 
and/or receive messages from 
Lasell and you certainly have 
the option to be removed. 

We hope you enjoy the Lasell 
Online Community experience! 




2/t Lasell Leaves 



Fall 2007 



Alumni Relations 



Past Alumni Events... 





Alumni at the Red Sox game in June. 



Life after Lasell explained! 

This booklet was made possible through the generous support 

of the Lasell Board of Overseers 



The Offices of Alumni Relations and Career Services offered a seminar to the Senior Class 
in the spring outlining the next stage of life after graduation. Topics of discussion included 
managing student loans, finding affordable housing, healthcare, and shopping for a car. 
Lasell Overseers sponsored the booklets (as shown in picture) and Overseer Joan Conradi 
McLaughlin '$g sponsored the speaker. 



President de Witt Receives the 2007 Medallion 




President Thomas E.J. de Witt is presented the Lasell Medallion by Patti Beck Bishop 'gj, 
President of Lasell Alumni, Inc. 



I he 2007 Medallion Citation reads: 

For 19 years the names Thomas E.J. 
de Witt and Lasell College have been 
synonymous and with Tom's vision, 
drive, and tenacity the College has taken 
giant steps into the future. Moving from 
a small and fragile woman's junior 
college to a thriving four year co-ed 
institution that also offers graduate 
degrees is quite a journey and one that 
most would not dare to undertake. But 
Tom saw the necessity and recognized 
that his mission was to create a percep- 
tion of what Lasell could be and to drive 
the College forward. 

Tom would be the first to say that he did 
not travel alone — that he was accom- 
panied by a strong Board of Trustees, an 
accomplished faculty, a dedicated staff, 
supportive alumni, and a loving family. 
But he was the leader, he made things 



happen, and he had an incredible sense 
of timing. 

A Ph.D. in history and an MBA is an 
unusual combination for a college 
president and it provided Tom with 
the ability to see both the financial 
and the academic necessities that lay 
ahead for Lasell. He took steps immedi- 
ately after his arrival and within two 
years Lasell was granted four-year status 
and enrollment began to grow. In 1998, 
Lasell became co-educational, a defining 
moment. In 2002, the College received 
an unqualified 10-year accreditation 
from NEASC. 

Equally transforming was Tom's dream 
of creating a retirement community on 
the campus. Making the vision a reality 
meant battling fierce opponents: the 
City of Newton, arid the neighbors. It 
took Tom's creativity to exploit a zoning 



loophole and bring to life an academic 
continuing care retirement community. 
Even with Tom's tenacity, what was to 
be a four year project took 12, but the 
integration of the College and the 
Village has brought Lasell national, 
and international, recognition. 



During Tom's tenure 
buildings sprang up 
not only at the 
Village, but also 




across campus. 
Five new dormito- 
ries have been 
built (including 
Rockwell, the 
largest and ready for 
occupancy this fall), an 
Athletic Center, a totally 
renovated Winslow Academic Center, 
and a Campus Center. 

Much of this was made possible because 
of the successful capital campaigns that 
were run under his auspices. He has 
raised over $40 million while also 
building the endowment and still 
having budget surpluses. Tom has 
created a community that is fervently 
supported by all those connected with it. 

There is no way to express our gratitude 
for all that you have done for Lasell. 
It is impossible to envision where the 
College would be today if it were not 
for your leadership. The Lasell 
Medallion is for a member of the 
Lasell family who by virtue of distin- 
guished service to the College has 
brought honor to the name of Lasell. 
There is no one more deserving. '«' 



Call for Nominations 
for Lasell Medallion 



Each year a committee 
appointed by the Alumni 
Association's Board of 
Management selects 
individuals to 
receive the Lasell 
Medallion. The 
bronze award 
may be presented 
to "any member of 
the Lasell family who, 
by virtue of distinguished 
service to the College or 
society at large, has brought 
added honor to the name 
Lasell." Nominations for the 
2008 award, which will be 
presented at Reunion 
Convocation on May 17, 
should be sent to the Office 
of Alumni Relations. 



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Alumni Relations 



Alumni Reunion Weekend 




Since rain was on the docket all Reunion 
Weekend, this attractive footwear was 
in fashion! 






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Guest conductor, Bobbie Trout Krohn '52, led 
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The concert featured lots of old favorites and Pops-style tunes. 





Wine tasting event. 



Class parade. 



Ice creams scoopers. 





Hugs from friends. 



The future graduates give a loud round of applause. 



The final "swan song" for Celeste Hairing and Tom de Witt. 



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Fall 2007 



Alumni Relations 



Reunion Seminar 

Marsha Mirkin, Ph.D., Offers a 
Riveting Glimpse at Stories that 
Help Mold Our Lives 




Author and Assistant Lasell Professor Marsha Mirkin presented "The Women Who Dance 
by the Sea" to a captivated audience. 



Like a sorceress with the gift of spell 
weaving, Dr. Marsha Mirkin presided 
over a Reunion workshop that focused 
on her book, The Women Who Danced 
By the Sea: Finding Ourselves in the 
Stories of Our Biblical Foremothers. 

Despile the title's suggestion of the 
scholarly, Dr. Mirkin, a clinical psychol- 
ogist and passionate storyteller, who 
teaches at Lasell, drew a classroom 
packed with reunioners into her vivid 
and involving stories — part biblical 
narrative and part psychology. 



"Fascinating," said several of those who 
attended. "What a trip," said another. 

The book has been widely reviewed and 
well received. Among the Mirkin fans: 
Rabbi Harold Kushner, author of When 
Bad Things Happen To Good People, who 
called The Women "a wise and wonder- 
ful book, a book to open minds and 
nourish souls." 

The Women Who Danced by the Sea is 
available in paperback from Amazon 
books and other bookstores. W 



Alumni Association 
Scholarships Awarded 



Winners of the Second Annual Theme Basket Raffle 


The Lasell Alumni Association 


sponsored "FUNDRAISINC BASKETS" 


and a silent auction on Reunion Weekend and the proceeds (over 


$2,700) benefited the Alumni 


Student Scholarship Fund. 


Basket 


Winner 


Munchies Basket 


Katie McDonough Ryan '67 


Kitchen Basket 


Crista Cannata '04 


Scrapbooking Basket 


Robin Tavekelian '82 


Lasell Basket 


Jeff Bishop 


Garden Serenity Basket 


Nancye Van Deusen Connor '57 


Wine Basket 


Jean Petrino '97 


Do-it-yourself Tool Basket 


Sally Nutter Carpenter '62 


Cosmo Basket 


Kim Dowdie 


Trader Joe's Asian Basket 


Marsha Keyes Tucker '64 


Margarita Basket 


Patti Beck Bishop '97 


Movie Basket 


Nicole Proia '07 


Tea Time Basket 


unknown 


Gardening Basket 


unknown 


Silent Auction Winners 




Cape Cod Weekend 


Diane Austin 


Red Sox Tickets 


Nancye Van Deusen Connor '57 


Lasell Junior College Chair 


Wendy Ford Foley '87 


Oriental Rug Certificate 


Deborah Lestch '95 




Jessica Anthony '98, Linda Telfer '60, and Stephanie Kana '08 sold basket raffle tickets. 



I he recipients of Alumni Association 
Scholarships are returning students 
who have financial need and have 
demonstrated their outstanding ability 
as scholars. They were selected from a 
competitive pool of applicants and 
bring a wide range of talents to the 
Lasell community. They are leaders 
and volunteers in extra-curricular 
activities on and off campus. 

The recipients for the 2007-2008 
school year are: 

Christina DeLuca, a senior Fashion 
Design major from Johnston, Rl who 
is president of the Student Athlete 
Advisory Committee, member of the 
Women's soccer and basketball team, 
and gallery exhibitor. 



Laura Gallagher, a junior honors 
Graphic Design major from 
Westwood, MA who is captain of 
the Softball team, a member of the 
Student Athlete Advisory Council, 
field hockey team, and Polished 
Magazine staff. She attended a New 
Orleans Katrina cleanup tour as a 
volunteer project. 

Mercedes Garcia-Bancroft, a senior 
honors Fashion Merchandising 
major from Biddeford, ME who is 
Managing Editor of Polished 
Magazine, past Emerging Leader 
and Orientation leader, American 
Reads tutor, and founder of the 
Multi-Cultural Student Union. 



Jennifer McCormack, a junior 
Athletic Training major from Milford, 
NH who is a member of the Athletic 
Training Committee, certified coach 
of a girls' soccer team, and holds 
down a part-time server position. 

Jessica Olivier, a senior Elementary 
Education major from Somerville, 
MA who is president of the Future 
Educators Club, a member of Softball 
intramurals, and a site liaison for 
the Center for Community-Based 
Learning Program. 



Marian Salama, a senior honors Legal 
Studies major from Westerly, Rl who 
is a past president of Student 
Government, a Resident Assistant; 
an American Reads tutor, a member 
of the Women's Cross Country team, 
and a past Emerging Leaders and 
Orientation leader. 

Stephen VanDerwerken, a junior 
Business Management major from 
Rockport, MA is involved with the 
intramural basketball and Softball 
teams. He is a volunteer in his town's 
soccer league and works on campus 
for the Sodexho dining services. 



Fall 2007 



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Annual Fund 



Message from Michelle Walmsley: 

Director of Annual Giving 




Annual Fund Office 

1844 Commonwealth Ave. 
Newton, MA 02466-2716 
(617) 243-2165 
Fax: (617) 243-2383 

mwalmsley@lasell.edu 



Lasell donors truly set out to propel 
the College to the next level of Annual 
Giving. A quick outline of giving for 
fiscal year 2007 shows how our con- 
stituencies supported Lasell: 

Alumni donors contributed $391,796, 
nearly $50,000 more than fiscal 
year 2006. 

Parents — both current and former — 
gave just over $29,000 to the College's 
Annual Fund this year. As with the 
alumni donors, this was significantly 
more than last year. 

Lasell faculty and staff continued to 
show their support of the College 
with steadily increased participation 
and financial support for the Annual 
Fund, donating $20,000 to Lasell to 
show their belief in and support of 
the College. 



The College's boards (Trustees, 
Overseers, Corporators and Alumni 
Board of Management) gave generously 
to the Annual Fund last year with nearly 
$196,000 in support. 

This generosity combined for a total 
of $556,000 for the 2007 Annual 
Fund campaign — just short of the 
anticipated $600,000 goal. Our alumni 
participation for the Annual Fund 
dipped for fiscal year 2007, and it is 
vital for us to bring that up for 2008. 

More so than ever, last year's numbers 
truly demonstrate that EVERY gift, no 
matter the amount, is important. 
We move into this fiscal year with a 
new president, with one of the largest 
freshmen classes we have ever 
welcomed, and with a renewed goal 
for the Annual Fund. 



You will soon receive our Annual Fund 
mailings or a call from one of our 
Phonathon students. I ask you to con- 
sider making your gift to the Annual 
Fund, perhaps increasing last year's gift. 
Our theme (below) for the 2008 fiscal 
year encapsulates what our Annual 
Fund is all about. I hope you will 
support Lasell this year. 

Annual Gifts. Daily Impact. 

Make your impact today. 

www.lasellalumni.org/annualfund 




Michelle Walmsley 
Director of Annual Giving 



Recent Graduates Support Lasell 




In this issue of Leaves, 
we meet three recent 
graduates who maintain 
their connection with 
Lasell through support 
of the Annual Fund, 
volunteerism, and keeping 
the connections and 
friendships they made 
while students. 



Karina Fontanez 
Holmes '03. 



Karina 
Fontanez 
Holmes '03 

"When I came 
to tour the 
Lasell campus, 
it was like 
nothing I had 
ever seen. It 
was so pretty 
and I felt so comfortable and at home 
in my interview. I remember calling all 
the time to see if I had been accepted 
and when the answer was 'yes,' the 
College also gave me the financial 
assistance I needed. 

"Lasell was my home for four 
years and opened up a world of 
opportunities and possibilities. I 
found unconditional support and an 
extended family and now I want to 
give back. I am a member of the 
Alumni Board of Management and, 
because I want to keep Lasell available 
to those in need, I give to the 
Scholarship Fund. But, there are many 
areas to support. Give a call to some- 
one in the Annual Fund or Alumni 
Relations office and find out where 
your services or financial donation can 
best be put to use. 

"Take the chance and get involved. 
You won't be sorry." 




Lawnes 
Fevrier '02 

"I have been a 
Rhode Island 
State Trooper 
for three years 
and Lasell gave 
Lawnes Fevrier '02 me the leader- 

and his wife Brittany shi P skills for 
Jackson Fevrier '01. the job. I took 
full advantage 
of the opportunities that were avail- 
able at the College and this prepared 
me for the future. I was an RA for two 
years, an orientation leader, a member 
of the Campus Activity Board (CAB) 
for four years and its president for 
one, and I played soccer for four years. 
Each of these activities taught me how 
to be a strong, supportive, responsible 
individual and gave me the confidence 
to move through life. 

"I met my wife at Lasell and I'm still 
very close with all of my Lasell friends. 
I know the alumni who graduated 
before me supported my time at 
Lasell. Now I am doing my part to 
support the current student body and 
their activities. 

"To all my fellow recent alums I say, 
'Get in the giving mood!'" 




Danielle Ingalls '07. 



Danielle 
Ingalls '07 

"I am currently 
searching for a 
job and have 
successfully 
procured many 
upcoming 
interviews. 
Lasell prepared me for this job search 
process and has also given me the 
impetus to look into graduate school 
later on. 

"I supported the Annual Fund this 
past year because of the Senior Gift, 
which was a scholarship for a fellow 
classmate who passed away. I thought 
it was an excellent way to remember 
him and also support the school and 
future students. 

"To other alumni who are thinking 
about giving to the Annual Fund, I say 
it's a great opportunity to show pride 
in our alma mater and to support 
future Lasell students. Let's make the 
school as wonderful as it can be." 



If you are interested in supporting the Annual Fund, go to www.lasellalumni.org/annualfund or e-mail us at alumni@lasell.edu. 



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Annual Fund 



Accomplished and Dedicated 

Phonathon Captain Casey Rich '07 Leads the Team 



T ave you ever wondered who exactly 
is at the other end of the line when you 
receive a call from the Lasell College 
Phonathon? The students who are 
selected to contact you are all outstand- 
ing and under the leadership of their 
captain, Casey Rich '07, they went 
the extra mile this year and raised 
$158,000. Casey inspired her peers and 
they were all pleased with the results. 

During her senior year, Casey managed 
to balance her phonathon schedule with 
her classes while also holding down two 
other part-time jobs — working in the 
Admission Office and being a Resident 
Assistant. "But," says Casey, "my sched- 
ule was filled with activities and jobs 
that I chose to participate in and I knew 
I was gaining personally and academi- 
cally from every commitment. I would 
do it all again and not leave a single 
thing out!" 

As the Phonathon Captain, Casey had 
many pleasant experiences. "What I 
really enjoyed was the opportunity to 
connect with alumni. Some shared 
great stories about their time at Lasell 
and encouraged me to stay connected 



and to maintain the friendships I've 
made in college." 

Approximately 90 percent of Lasell' s 
current students are on some form of 
financial aid, and Casey attended Lasell 
on scholarship. This prompted her to 
become educated about the Institutional 
Advancement office and how her role 
as a Phonathon caller tied in with the 
money raised for the Annual Fund. 
"I learned that the Annual Fund is 
responsible for providing some finan- 
cial aid for Lasell students, and since 
I was lucky enough to be on the receiv- 
ing end of these donated dollars, I felt 
a responsibility to give back." 

As an honors student in Fashion 
Design and Production, Casey spent 
her senior year working feverishly on 
her clothing line titled, "A Fresh Coat." 
These beautifully tailored 1960s 
inspired coats were awarded second 
place in the annual Lasell College 
Senior Collections Fashion Show. "My 
line caters to the needs of fashionable 
women in the Boston area," she 
explains. With her talent, Newbury 
Street should be paying attention! 





Phonathon Captain Casey Rich 'oj stands with two of her tailored coats that were featured 
in the Senior Collections Fashion Show. 



In May, Casey graduated summa cum 
laude from Lasell College. With all of 
these accomplishments, it is clear that 
one of Lasell's newest graduates is 
going places. Casey's dedication, hard 



work, and enthusiasm helped make the 
Phonathon a rousing success last year 
and we are pleased to welcome her into 
the Lasell Alumni Community! « 



Planned Giving 



Bequests: Leaving a Legacy 



wfe arc pleased to continue our series 
of bequest donor profiles in this edition 
of Leaves. These thoughtful individuals 
chose to support Lasell by making a 
provision in their will or trust to 
support the College at their death. 
Each loved their alma mater and 
believed in its future. We are grateful 
for their foresight and generosity. 

Together, our featured donors 
bequeathed $377,000 to Lasell. 
We hope they inspire you to consider 
bequest support as part of your 
philanthropic planning. For more 
information or to request a bequest 
language handout, please call or 
e-mail RShuman@lasell.edu. 




Henrietta "Henrie" 
Georgia Hisgen 

graduated from Lasell 
Seminary in 1928. 
She hailed from 
Tampa, Florida and 
came to Auburndale 
to study. In "The 1928 Lamp" it said, 
"Early to bed and early to rise, does not 
apply strictly in Henrie's case, for 
although she retires late she manages to 
rise early notwithstanding." Henrietta 
was actively involved in college life. 
She was a member of the Glee Club, 
Orphean Club, Orchestra, Spanish Club, 
Riding Club and Golf Club. In 1933, 
Henrietta married Courtney W 
Campbell who became a Florida con- 
gressman in 1953. The bridge between 
Tampa and Clearwater is named in his 
honor. Until 1997, Henrietta had never 
donated money to Lasell. In early 2000, 
she gave her first and only gift of 
$1000. Upon her death, on May 10, 
2004 at 98 years old, Lasell was notified 



that the College was in Henrietta's 
will for 16% of her estate. In March 
of this year, Lasell received a partial 
distribution of $352,000. An additional 
distribution will be made after the 
sale of an undeveloped tract of land 
located in Massachusetts. The funds 
will be used to establish the Henrietta 
Hisgen Scholarship. 

Janet Owens 
DeArment was 

described in the 
1937 "Lasell Lamp" 
as "dignified yet not 
too much so — 
another Newtonite 
of the smooth tradition — infectious 
laugh." While a student at Lasell, she 
was quite the athlete, having been a 
member of the hockey, crew, and soccer 
teams, and the riding club. Janet was a 
long-time supporter of Lasell College; 
she began as a modest $500 Annual 
Fund donor. Janet became a Trustee of 




the College in 1984 and served on the 
Development Committee. As a member 
of the Campaign for Lasell's steering 
committee, she was instrumental to 
College leadership in the planning and 
execution of Lasell's first capital cam- 
paign. In 1987, Janet was awarded the 
Lasell Medallion for her loyalty and 
years of volunteer service to the College. 
During the remainder of her lifetime, 
Janet gave generously to Lasell with 
gifts totaling $269,000. DeArment 
House was dedicated in June of 2000 
in honor of Janet and her husband 
George for their generous gift during 
the Lasell 350 Campaign. Janet passed 
away, in Meadville, Pennsylvania, on 
May n, 2007 and Lasell recentiy 
received a bequest in the amount of 
$25,000. Her other legacy to Lasell is 
her daughter, Anne DeArment Kieffel, 
a member of the Class of 1965. « 



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Lasell Village 



The Lives of Supercentenarians 

Author and Photographer Jerry Friedman 
Discusses the Wisdom of Earth's Elders 



#V few years ago 1 was impressed by 
an article in the Ideas section of the 
Globe titled ' Extreme Elders' said Dr. 
Mark Sciegaj, director of the RoseMary 
B. Fuss Center for Research on Aging 
and Intergenerational Studies. "I tucked 
it away for the fumre and am pleased 
that Jerry Friedman, its author, is here at 
Lasell Village today as the Fuss Center 
Distinguished Lecmrer on Aging. 
In his book Earth's Elders: The Wisdom 
of the World's Oldest People, Jerry has 
used his lens and his words to capture 
the lives of 60 of the world's super- 
centenarians — people who have 
reached no years and older. He has 
brought their spirits to life while giving 
us insights into their health and the 
aging process." 

It was serendipity that brought 
Friedman to his topic. His mother had 
moved into a retirement community 
and he realized that he had no concept 
of what her life was like. "I decided to 
embed myself in the facility and I came 
away with new ideas and experiences. 

"I became friends with Lotty, who was 
101. She was the oldest person I had 
ever met and she was smart, articulate, 
and funny. I wanted to know more 
about her life and the lives of others her 
age. I did some research on finding the 
oldest people in America and that led 
me to Robert Young, a demographer of 
the world of supercentenarians." 



Young gave Friedman access to his files 
— countries, states, and names — and 
the project of finding and interviewing 
as many of these people as he could 
contact began. "I came to realize how 
fragile life can be. These individuals 
might not be here tomorrow. I had to be 
prepared to go anywhere at any time." 

In his travels, Friedman met Ann from 
Manchester-by-the-Sea who was born in 
1891. "Her earliest memories were of 
Teddy Roosevelt barnstorming across 
the U.S.," he recalls, and in her photo- 
graph, as in all the others in his book, 
he placed images from her life behind 
her portrait. 

Other supercentenarians he pictured 
were Fred, the oldest Red Sox fan in the 
world, Pearl who lived a life of segrega- 
tion but had a wonderful outlook, 
explaining she lived to her age because 
"women can cry," and Betty, the daugh- 
ter of two slaves, who had 125 family 
members around her all the time, each 
of whom idolized her. 

Friedman came to realize that there 
were common threads running through 
these people's lives. "Most grew up with 
relatively large families, they were from 
rural environments, and they ate organ- 
ically because that's what there was," 
he explained. "Furthermore, most had 
never really been sick, they were intel- 
lectually alive and curious, had great 




(L to R) Lasell Villagers Dr. Margery Silver, Dr. Iver Ravin, and Marian LeFevre engage 
Jerry Friedman in a discussion as he signs copies of his book. 



coping skills, and they were aware of 
their age but it didn't matter to them." 

Upon completion of his book, Friedman 
went on to found the Earth's Elders 
Foundation whose mission is to 
improve the lives of the elderly by 
raising awareness of them as valuable 
members of our society and to inspire 
a sense of personal responsibility that 
will lead to improved integration of the 
elderly within our society. 



With a team of educators from the Bank 
Street Graduate School of Education, 
Friedman has designed a curriculum to 
increase elementary school students' 
awareness of and positive attitudes 
towards the elderly. He has future plans 
to expand and develop a curriculum that 
is appropriate for high school students. 

"This generation is an enormous 
resource," Friedman concluded. 
"Their lives need to be celebrated." e 



Lasell House Receives Quality of 
Care Approval for Third Time 



Lasell House, the 38-bed, Medicare 
certified, skilled nursing facility at 
Lasell Village, recently received a clean 
bill of health from the Massachusetts 
Department of Public Health (DPH), 
Division of Health Care Quality, which 
found the facility to be deficiency free. 

The survey assesses compliance with 
federal standards such as adequacy 
of staffing, quality of care, and cleanli- 
ness of facilities. The DPH survey, 
completed in June found that Lasell 
House was in compliance with all 
applicable requirements for certification 
in the Medicare program. 

Lasell House is a facility that serves the 
residents of Lasell Village as well as 
patients in the greater Boston commu- 
nity. It is noted for its orthopedic and 



sub-acute rehabilitation program 
that embraces physician-driven care 
and an uncompromising commitment 
to quality. 

This is the third deficiency free survey 
in the past five years for the skilled 
nursing and rehabilitation center locat- 
ed within the Lasell Village living and 
learning retirement community. 
Unannounced and conducted by health 
care professionals, the survey is per- 
formed at least every nine to 15 months 
for all Medicare/Medicaid certified 
skilled nursing facilities throughout 
the Commonwealth. ■« 




The reception desk at Lasell House. 



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Fall 2007 



SpOrtS News 



Changes in Athletics 

Message from the Athletic Director 




Office of Athletics 

1844 Commonwealth Avenue 
Newton, MA 02466-2716 
(617) 243-2147 
fax (617) 243-2037 

kwalter@lasell.edu 



lnfith a variety of changes occurring, this 
year will prove to be an exciting one in 
athletics. The changes include the addi- 
tion of two new full-time staff members, 
beginning competition in a new confer- 
ence, upgrading Taylor Field, and adding 
a new varsity team. 

This year, Head Men's Basketball Coach 
Aaron Galletta has moved full-time to the 
athletic department. In addition to coach- 
ing the men's basketball team, Coach 
Galletta will be in charge of equipment 
and facilities for the Lasers. Kelly Stubbs 
has also been hired as a full-time member 
of the athletic department staff. Coach 
Stubbs will be the head coach of the 
women's basketball team and she will 
coordinate a wellness program for the 
student-athletes. 



Another significant change this year is 
that nine of our 12 varsity teams will 
begin competition in the Great 
Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) 
this fall. The GNAC is a well respected 
conference with most of the institutions 
located in and around the Boston area. 
All of the teams and coaches are looking 
forward to new rivalries, new chal- 
lenges, and setting new goals. 

This summer has also seen Taylor Field 
receive an upgrade. Taylor has been 
completely redone with new drainage, a 
new sprinkler system, and new sod. The 
work is complete and the field is ready 
for the fall. 

Finally, one of the biggest changes this 
year will be the addition of a baseball 
team (see story on p. 22). Coach Jim 



Dolan from Weymouth has been hired 
as the first baseball coach at Lasell 
College. The baseball team will compete 
as a club team this year and will move 
to varsity status in the spring of 2009. 
The baseball team will practice and play 
all of their home games at Brandeis 
University and they will compete in the 
GNAC. Coach Dolan is excited to bring 
the new tradition of baseball to Lasell. 

All of these changes will enhance 
the overall athletic program and will 
provide the student-athletes and the 
Lasell community with an even 
better experience. 




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Men's Lacrosse 

Overall Record: 6-9 
Pilgrim League Record: 5-3 

I he Lasers qualified for the Pilgrim 
League post season tournament by 
winning their final game of the regular 
season against Massachusetts Maritime 
Academy. This secured them the num- 
ber four seed but they unfortunately 
came up against nationally ranked 
Western New England College. This was 



their second match-up of the season 
against the perennial powerhouse, the 
team that eventually went on to win the 
Pilgrim League championship. 

Freshman Brian Yepez led the Lasers in 
total points for the season and was 
named Pilgrim League Rookie of the 
Week. Anchoring the defense was stand- 
out goalkeeper Mark DeMieri '08, who 
finished with 194 saves and a 9.54 GAA. 



Nine team members graduated at the 
end of the season, among them the 
all-time leading goal scorer Alex Zayac, 
who amassed 129 career goals and 20 
assists during his Lasell career and was 
one of this year's tri-captains. He shared 
this position with Dan Winter, who fin- 
ished his career ranked third in all-time 
assists with 62, and with defender 
Phil O'Loughlin. « 




Jeffrey Scott 'oj. 



Women's Lacrosse 



Overall Record: 5-8 
NEWLA Record: 3-6 

Among the highlights of the season 
were two 14-0 shut out wins, a 15-3 
win over Regis College, and a dramatic 
13-12 overtime win at Elms College. The 
team also ran up against their share of 
tough opponents. 



Leading the Lasers in scoring was 
Caitlyn Murphy '09, who had 51 goals 
and 11 assists. She was followed by sen- 
ior Sarah Schlegel, who added 20 goals 
and six assists and finished her four 
years at Lasell with a total of 63 goals 
and 31 assists. Schlegel was also recog- 
nized by the Intercollegiate Women's 
Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) 
for her academic achievements and 
placed on the IWCLA Honor Roll. 



Senior goalkeeper Noelle O'Leary was 
also named to the IWCLA Honor Roll. 
She finished her career with a record 
breaking 592 saves, a 21-31 record, and 
logged in over 2,800 minutes between 
the pipes in her four years. 

This year the team is moving to the 
Great Northeast Athletic Conference. W 




Team high scorer Caitlyn Murphy 'og. 



Softball 

Overall Record: 24-12 
Conference Record: ri-i 

It was a year of firsts for the Softball 
team. They won 27 games for the first 
time, earning them the number one 
seed in the North Atlantic Conference 
Championship tournament, and came 
away with the runner-up trophy. They 
also qualified for the EC AC tournament 



for the first time, losing to the eventual 
champions, Western Connecticut State 
College. And, Head Coach Tom 
DeFilippo was named NAC Coach of 
the Year. 

The Lasers offense came alive this 
spring, behind some very consistent 
pitching from their two rookie pitchers 
Nicole Slader and Jackie Losseff. 



Seniors Jayme Rautenberg and Shawna 
Kelly hit .444 and .441 respectively to 
lead the offense. Sophomore Heather 
Rose also had a productive year with a 
conference-high 48 runs scored. 

The team will be moving to the 
Great Northeast Athletic Conference 
next spring. W 




The team gathers around their NAC 
runner-up trophy. 



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SpOrtS Lasell College Athletic Calendar for Fall and Winter 2008 



Field Ho< 


:key Fall 2007 




Men's Basketball Winter 2007-2008 




OCTOBER 


NOVEMBER 






2 Tuesday 


UNIV. OF NEW ENGLAND 


4:00 p.m. 


16 Friday 


@ Keene State Tip-Off Tournament 


TBA 


6 Saturdav 


@ Thomas College* 


1:00 p.m. 


17 Saturday 


@ Keene State Tip-Off Tournament 


TBA 


7 Sunday 


@ U Maine Farmington* 


1:00 p.m. 


20 Tuesday 


WP1 


7:00 p.m. 


10 Wednesday 


ELMS COLLEGE* 


4:00 p.m. 


28 Wednesday 


@ Union College 


7:00 p.m. 


14 Sunday 


@ Husson College* 


2:00 p.m. 








16 Tuesday 


BECKER COLLEGE* 


4:00 p.m. 


DECEMBER 






20 Saturday 


REGIS COLLEGE 


11:30 a.m. 


1 Saturday 


ST. JOSEPH'S COLLEGE (ME)* 


2:00 p.m. 


27 Saturday 


NAC Quarterfinals 


TBA 


4 Tuesday 


BABSON COLLEGE 


7:00 p.m. 


30 Tuesday 


NAC Semi-finals 


TBA 


6 Thursday 


@ Johnson & Wales University* 


TBA 








12 Wednesday 


AMHERST COLLEGE 


7:00 p.m. 


NOVEMBER 












3 Saturday 


NAC Finals 


TBA 


JANUARY 












10 Thursday 


EMERSON COLLEGE* 


TBA 


* North Atlantic Conference Game 




12 Saturday 


@ Rivier College* 


1:00 p.m. 


Head Coach: Jessica King (gth year) 




15 Tuesday 


@ Williams College 


7:30 p.m. 


Assistant Coach 


Laura Thibodeau (4th year) 




17 Thursday 


@ St. Joseph's College (ME)* 


7:30 p.m. 


Goalie Coach: jess Gonynor (3rd year) 




19 Saturday 


RIVIER COLLEGE* 


TBA 








22 Tuesday 


@ Mount Ida College* 


6:00 p.m. 


Men's Soccer Fall 2007 




24 Thursday 
29 Tuesday 
31 Thursday 


NORWICH UNIVERSITY* 
JOHNSON & WALES UNIVERSITY* 
@ Daniel Webster College* 


7:00 p.m. 
7:00 p.m. 


OCTOBER 






TBA 


2 Tuesday 


@ Alberrus Magnus College* 


4:00 p.m. 


FEBRUARY 






6 Saturday 


ST. JOSEPH'S (ME) COLLEGER- 


1:00 p.m. 


2 Saturday 


SUFFOLK UNIVERSITY* 


2:00 p.m. 


9 Tuesday 


EMMANUEL COLLEGE* 


3:30 p.m. 


4 Monday 


@ Alberrus Magnus College* 


7:00 p.m. 


14 Sunday 


@ Mount Ida College* 


1:00 p.m. 


6 Wednesday 


@ Norwich University* 


7:30 p.m. 


17 Wednesday 


@ Norwich University* 


3:00 p.m. 


9 Saturday 


ALBERTUS MAGNUS COLLEGE* 


3:00 p.m. 


20 Saturday 


DANIEL WEBSTER COLLEGE* 


2:30 p.m. 


12 Tuesday 


@ Emmanuel College* 


5:30 p.m. 


23 Tuesday 


@ Brandeis University 


7:00 p.m. 


16 Saturday 


@ Suffolk University* 


2:00 p.m. 


28 Sunday 


GNAC Quarterfinals 


TBA 


19 Tuesday 


DANIEL WEBSTER COLLEGE* 


7:00 p.m. 


31 Wednesday 


GNAC Semifinals 


TBA 


23 Saturday 


MOUNT IDA COLLEGE* 


2:00 p.m. 








26 Tuesday 


GNAC Quarterfinals 


TBA 


NOVEMBER 






28 Thursday 


GNAC Semifinals 


TBA 


3 Saturday 


GNAC Championship 


TBA 









* Indicates Great Northeast Athletic Conference game 
Head Coach: Giovanni Pacini (ioth Year) 
Assistant Coach: Ryan Michelangelo (5th Year) 
Goalkeeper Coach: Graig Murphy (3rd Year) 

Women's Soccer Fall 2007 



MARCH 

2 Saturday GNAC Championship 

* Indicates GNAC Game 

Head Coach: Aaron Galletta (2nd Year) 



TBA 



Women's Basketball Winter 2007-2008 



OCTOBER 






NOVEMBER 






3 Wednesday 


@ Rivier College* 


7:00 p.m. 


16 Friday 


@ Salem State Tip-Off Tournament 


TBA 


7 Sunday 


@ Mount Ida College* 


1:00 p.m. 


17 Saturday 


@ Salem State Tip-Off Tournament 


TBA 


10 Wednesday 


ST. JOSEPH'S (CT) COLLEGE* 


3:30 p.m. 


27 Tuesday 


REGIS 


TBA 


13 Saturday 


EMERSON COLLEGE* 


1:00 p.m. 


29 Thursday 


UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND 


7:00 p.m. 


15 Monday 


REGIS COLLEGE 


3:30 p.m. 








17 Wednesday 


ST. JOSEPH'S (ME) COLLEGE* 


3:30 p.m. 


DECEMBER 






20 Saturday 


SIMMONS COLLEGE* 


12:00 p.m. 


1 Saturday 


@ Williams Tournament 


TBA 


23 Tuesday 


@ Daniel Webster College* 


3:30 p.m. 


2 Sunday 


@ Williams Tournament 


TBA 


27 Saturday 


GNAC Quarterfinals 


TBA 


6 Thursday 


@ Gordon College 


6:00 p.m. 


30 Tuesday 


GNAC Semifinals 


TBA 


11 Tuesday 


@ Plymouth State University 


5:30 p.m. 








13 Thursday 


@ Western Connecticut State University 


7:00 p.m. 


NOVEMBER 












3 Saturday 


GNAC Championship 


TBA 


JANUARY 












8 Tuesday 


WESTFIELD STATE 


7:00 p.m. 


* Indicates Great Northeast Athletic Conference game 




10 Thursday 


@ Lesley University 


8:00 p.m. 


Head Coach: Vito LaFrancesca 




12 Saturday 


SIMMONS COLLEGE* 


1:00 p.m. 


Assistant Coaches: Jim Swift, Tricia Auld 




15 Tuesday 


@ Johnson & Wales University* 


7:00 p.m. 








19 Saturday 


ST. JOSEPH'S COLLEGE (CT)* 


3:00 p.m. 


Women's 


Volleyball Fall 2007 




21 Monday 
23 Wednesday 
26 Saturday 


@ Emerson College* 

@ Rivier College* 

PINE MANOR COLLEGE* 


1:00 p.m. 
7:00 p.m. 


OCTOBER 

3 Wednesday 






1:00 p.m. 


@ Pine Manor College* 


7:00 p.m. 


31 Thursday 


ST. JOSEPH'S COLLEGE (ME)* 


6:00 p.m. 


6 Saturday 


UNION w/ Regis College 


11:00/1:00 


FEBRUARY 






9 Tuesday 
11 Thursday 
13 Saturday 
17 Wednesday 
20 Saturday 


@ Rhode Island College 
EASTERN NAZARENE COLLEGE 
@ St. Joseph's (CT) w/ Emmanuel* 
MOUNT IDA COLLEGE* 
RIVIER COLLEGE* 


6:00 pm 
7:00 pm 
1:00/3:00 
7:00 p.m. 
1:00 p.m. 


2 Saturday 
6 Wednesday 
9 Saturday 
12 Tuesday 
16 Saturday 


@ Suffolk University* 
@ Norwich University* 
ALBERTUS MAGNUS COLLEGE* 
MOUNT IDA COLLEGE* 
EMMANUEL COLLEGE* 


2:00 p.m. 
5:30 p.m. 
1:00 p.m. 
7:00 p.m. 
1:00 p.m. 


21 Sunday 
27 Saturday 


@ St. Joseph's (ME) w/Simmons- 
DANIEL WEBSTER W/SUFFOLK* 


11:00/ 1:00 
12:00/2:00 


21 Thursday 
23 Saturday 


@ Newbury College 

@ Daniel Webster College* 


7:00 p.m. 
1:00 p.m. 


* Indicates Great Northeast Athletic Conference game 
Head Coach: Mary Tom (nth Year) 




26 Tuesday 
19 Saturday 


GNAC Quarterfinals 


TBA 


Assistant Coach: Karen Chue (nth Year) 




MARCH 












1 Friday 


GNAC Semifinals 


TBA 


Men's & Women's Cross Country Fall 2007 


2 Saturday 


GNAC Finals 


TBA 


OCTOBER 






* Indicates GNAC Game 





6 Saturday Saint Joseph's College Invitational 10:00/11:00 

12 Friday Emmanuel College Invitational 4:00/4:45 

27 Saturday GNAC Championships @ Saint Joseph's College TBA 



Head Coach: Kelly Stubbs (1st year) 

Assistant Coaches: Neil Hatem (2nd year), Kristen McCormick (1st year) 



NOVEMBER 

3 Saturday 
10 Saturday 



ECAC Championships @ Williams College 
NCAA Championships @ Connecticut College 



TBA 
TBA 



** Friends and Family Weekend 
Head Coach: Larry Sullivan (7th year) 
Assistant Coach: James Martin (3rd year) 



Listings that appear in 
capital letters denote 

home games. 
Occasionally, due to 

weather, etc., dates and 
times may change. 

For confirmation, 

please check with the 

Athletics Department at 

(617) 243-2147 or 

www. thegnac. com 



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